3rd COSCOM visits

Story by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

FORT HOOD, TEXAS — Key planners of the 3rd Corps Support Command briefed key leaders of the 13th Corps Support Command and their subordinate units on current logistics operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom this week at the Battle Simulation Center here.

When the headquarters portion of the 13th COSCOM deploys to Iraq, it will be taking over the 3rd COSCOM's mission there, said Maj. Mike A. Tate, plans officer for 13th COSCOM.

13th COSCOM will command and control approximately twenty-two thousand logistics Soldiers in Iraq. They will also oversee the operations of contractors in Iraq.

Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general of the 13th COSCOM, opened the briefings Monday.

Terry thanked 3rd COSCOM for their support in outlining the current Iraqi logistics battlefield and was especially happy to see representatives from the Sustainment Brigades and Support Groups that will fall under the COSCOM in Iraq.

"The hard questions answered now, will make things easier down the road," said Terry. "This formally kicks off the road to war."

The 3rd COSCOM planners briefed members of the 13th COSCOM on their concept of support, sustainment of Iraqi Security Forces, future basing, future force structure, and a myriad of other topics pertaining to operations in Iraq.

The 3rd COSCOM's mission, and the future mission of the 13th COSCOM, is taking care of all of logistics in theater, said Tate.

"This is a significant opportunity for us to start our planning process and eventual transition of authority from the 3rd COSCOM," said Tate.

The briefings by the 3rd COSCOM took place to make sure the transition of responsibilities from the 3rd to the 13th go as smoothly as possible.

In order to facilitate the transition, leaders of the 3rd COSCOM have kept a line of communication open with the 13th COSCOM.

"They've been great about keeping us abreast of what they are doing," said Tate.

"[The briefings] will give us some knowledge of how things are functioning in Iraq now, and how they will function in the future," said Tate.

In addition to the formal briefings, the 13th COSCOM will conduct breakout sessions allowing planners and leaders of specific logistics functions to discuss ongoing operations in greater detail.

The COSCOM will institute the concepts identified in this conference during a command post exercise later in January.

 

Brig Gen Michael J Terry
Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, 13th COSCOM commander, welcomes planners from the 3rd Corps Support Command. The 3rd COSCOM is briefing key leaders of the 13th COSCOM and subordinate units on ongoing logistics operations in Iraq. Photo by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson, 13th COSCOM PAO NCOIC

Brig Gen Michael J Terry
Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, 13th Corps Support command, commander, outlines his expectations for the ongoing planning conference with 3rd COSCOM planners. The 3rd COSCOM sent representative from Iraq to brief key leaders of the 13th COSCOM and subordinate units on ongoing logistics operations in Iraq. Photo by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson, 13th COSCOM PAO NCOIC