Logisticians share knowledge with Bosnia-Herzegovina Military
SIGONELLA, Italy — Personnel from Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Sigonella shared their knowledge of operational logistics with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH) during a weeklong event March 8-12.

SIGONELLA, Italy — Personnel from Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Sigonella shared their knowledge of operational logistics with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH) during a weeklong event March 8-12.

FISC Sigonella logisticians Lt. Jacob Prentiss and Sutten Thomas, along with Air Force Master Sgt. James Wickersham of U.S. European Command (EUCOM), visited Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to familiarize 39 host nation AFBiH logistics and non-commissioned officers with the mission roles of a sound transportation system. Together, the U.S. military representatives brought a perspective of global logistics and transportation to the AFBiH that they rarely have an opportunity to experience.

AFBiH officers were briefed on procedures for planning, organizing and executing transportation support and movement control. More specifically, the group learned about the EUCOM Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, the Defense Transportation System and naval theater distribution concepts. Lessons learned from logistical challenges experienced during U.S. military deployments were also shared with the students.

Also briefed were the methods and procedures in place which allow American military units to leverage the different components of U.S. Transportation Command to maintain the highest state of readiness while in a deployed expeditionary environment.

"Mr. Thomas and I are the first U.S. Navy representatives many of these folks have encountered and, therefore, [we had] the unique chance to provide a point of view that the AFBiH could benefit from," said Prentiss.

The AFBiH have utilized existing U.S. logistics support systems during past deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. They are committed to developing an internal logistics and transportation system capable of supporting sustained forward deployed forces contributing to overseas contingency operations.

"They have an instilled sense of pride and professionalism that is apparent by their attention and focus to the task that lies before them," Prentiss said. "Given the limited resources available to them, there is a keen sense of efficiency and recognized need to leverage the most effective and lean processes available to get the job done."

FISC Sigonella, the newest of seven supply centers under Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISCS), provides operational logistics, business and support services to fleet, shore and industrial commands of the Navy, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and other joint and allied forces in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. Services include contracting, material management, household goods movement support, consolidated mail, fuel, global logistics and husbanding, hazardous material management, and integrated logistics support.

COMFISCS comprises more than 6,400 military and civilian logistics professionals operating as a single cohesive team providing global logistics services from more than 200 locations worldwide. A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command, headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., COMFISCS is part of a worldwide logistics network of more than 22,500 military and civilian personnel providing combat capability through logistics.

 

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