In March 2015, representatives from the Naval Supply Systems Command Business Systems Center (NAVSUP BSC) and NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) teams completed travel to the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR) for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Global Train and Equip (GTE) Program (more commonly known as the 1206 Program) as part of a vital effort designed to improve and ensure continuation of US support for partner nations through completion of a comprehensive evaluation of the Global Train and Equip GTE Program’s delivery performance. NAVSUP BSC was represented by Andy Groenenboom and Susie Kunkle from the Security Cooperation Management Suite (SCMS) Joint Consolidation Point Automation Effort (JCPAE) project team while NAVSUP WSS was represented by Scott Elicker from the Joint Consolidation Point (JCP) in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. NAVSUP BSC and NAVSUP WSS were also joined by Bruce Apgar from the GTE Transportation Team. Representatives from NAVSUP BSC initially completed travel to the USEUCOM AOR in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 to assess the program’s baseline performance. The purpose of the trip in March 2015 was to complete a follow up visit to assess the level of success each process improvement measure resulted in as well as identify additional areas for improvement.
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Global Train and Equip Evaluation Team on site near Riga, Latvia, from left to right: Gunita Migliniece, U.S. ODC Latvia; Bruce Apgar, GTE Transportation Team; Andy Groenenboom and Susie Kunkle, NAVSUP BSC; and Scott Elicker, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support.
The GTE Program is supported by three key pillars. The first pillar is the SCMS JCPAE application, which provides the Information Technology (IT) backbone required to administer the GTE Program. The second and third pillars of the program are the JCP in Mechanicsburg, PA and the GTE Transportation Team. Together, all pillars work in tandem to ensure the day to day execution of the GTE Program, which directly supports U.S. partner nations’ counter terrorism capabilities or increases their capacity to participate in stability operations that support U.S. interests.
To accomplish its mission, the team visited U.S. Offices of Defense Cooperation (ODC) and National Representatives in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania who have recently received GTE shipments that were consolidated at the JCP in Mechanicsburg. During the discussions, with the ODCs and National Representatives, it was determined that the GTE Program’s delivery performance has vastly improved over the past several years. The team discovered that the accuracy and timeliness of shipments had considerably improved and that the correct personnel were receiving advance notification and documentation prior to receiving a GTE shipment due in large part to new features created within the SCMS JCPAE application that provide visibility of material being shipped to our partners from the time the material is ordered through final delivery.
By Andy Groenenboom, NAVSUP Business Center