The Army continues to evolve as Operations Inherent Resolve, Spartan Shield and Freedom’s Sentinel continue or draw down. Unit leaders, especially commanders, need to understand that one constant remains during the many operational changes their units encounter: the processes and procedures for maintaining effective unit readiness. This understanding includes an effective logistics posture by maintaining the unit’s Department of Defense Activity Address Codes (DoDAACs) and Force Element (FE) structures, as well as aligning the DoDAACs to the correct Routing Identification Code (RIC) or Supply Support Activity (SSA) in the Army’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
Similar to the large drawdown from theater in 2013, many units within all compo’s are leaving or rotating through theater again and must be reminded to complete numerous crucial steps in order to ensure timely DoDAAC processing. Taking these steps makes it easier to prepare for not only deployments and contingency operations abroad, but also combat training center rotations and field exercises in CONUS. Unit leaders must stay involved in this important process to keep unit readiness at the highest possible level throughout the different deployment and redeployment cycles.
Unit property book officers (PBOs) and DoDAAC coordinators (DCs) must follow the procedures outlined in this article in order to keep their units’ supply chain running effectively. Failure to do so, can stop unit supplies and equipment from arriving when needed or even cause equipment to be shipped to the wrong supply location. Leaders at all levels are asked to support their unit supply teammates in this important mission. Army unit readiness depends on it.
At the tactical level, the Army relies on PBOs and DCs to request new DoDAACs and manage them. At the operational level, the Army Sustainment Command (ASC) Production Support Branch (PSB) oversees this work within the Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (AESIP) and Global Combat Support System–Army (GCSS-A) to support logistics readiness. Army PBOs and DCs work with the PSB to make changes in AESIP and GCSS-A to help units achieve readiness.
Although the PSB receives service requests through AESIP and GCSS-A, a change request ticket through AESIP is the preferred method. Managing DoDAACs and FEs is complex and occurs at all phases or stages during a unit’s operational status: before and during deployment and prior to and after re-deployment. Within each stage, there are several critical tasks leaders must ensure happen.
Click on the links below to view a bullet list of tasks by stage:
If you have questions or recommendations, email the PSB group email account:
or contact CW5 Patrick Offor, Chief, PSB: