What is a CLO?

Feb. 4, 2019 | By kgabel
The Combat Logistics Force (CLF) Logistics Officer, better known as the CLO, is a Supply Corps Commander who leads a team of operational logistics professionals dedicated to sustaining the fleet. There are a total of five CLOs worldwide, one at each Military Sealift Command (MSC) Area Command and co-located and embedded on the Logistics Task Force Command (CTF-33/53/63/73/83) staff. Together with Global Stock Control (GSC) located at MSC Headquarters in Norfolk, and the CLF ships, they form an integrated Global Sustainment Network. Specifically:
  • GSC centrally manages all CLF inventories and uses a total asset visibility (TAV) “push” model to replenish CLF ship storeroom inventories.
  • The CLO’s primary mission focuses on customer engagement and order fulfillment for all CLF commodities. They have an area of responsibility (AOR)-wide perspective and provide theater sustainment solutions.
  • CLF ships perform at-sea distribution and delivery of sustainment commodities (stores, food and fuel) to fleet units.
The network team engages continuously with fleet units to develop, tailor and execute deployment support plans. The team collaborates with supporting stakeholders to ensure CLF sustainment cargo is positioned and available in theater. To accomplish the customer order fulfillment and inventory management functions, the network utilizes distance support concepts employing an automated two-way data replication technology (ship to shore/shore to ship) in a shared portal environment (Internet). Application of distance support concepts and information technology (IT) data replication technology enable the network to have TAV and near real time visibility of all CLF inventories. Through close integration with the CLF schedulers, the CLO network can react quickly and responsively when the operational/tactical situation changes and necessitates a commensurate change in the sustainment approach. As the “last nautical mile” sustainment integrator, theater CLOs are uniquely positioned to spot supply/distribution chain gaps and seams and take appropriate corrective actions. The business model processes over $2.5 billion in commodity transactions per year, delivering an average of 100,000 pallets of cargo and moving 1.1 million gallons of fuel annually. If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding front line Operational Logistics opportunity, you should take a hard look at serving as a CLO. Winter 2019