News: III Corps COMET Team supports Fort Hood logistics operations
Story by Staff Sgt. Jason Thompson
FORT HOOD, Texas - The III Corps Command Maintenance Evaluation and Training (COMET) Team has been instrumental in supporting the Fort Hood sustainers and warfighters for more than a decade with training and mentorship of soldiers and leaders in the various levels of supply and maintenance operations.
The team is comprised of 18 retired military logistics professionals with more than 300 combined years of experience and each is a subject matter expert in their respective field.
The COMET Team is available for all active or reserve component units on and around Fort Hood and is focused on providing training opportunities to improve the logistics operations of commands by providing assistance visits, inspections and evaluations, classroom or small group training, and desk-side training.
“We offer training at the unit level on most aspects of unit level supply and maintenance operations. Training can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the commander,” said Colleen Green, the deputy team chief and supply team lead for the COMET Team.
The COMET Team is a powerful tool for commanders to use to assess the status of their unit in the areas of supply and maintenance. The team will identify areas of weakness, issues and concerns and provide tailored individual/unit reinforcement training based off of each assessment. It is the mission of the COMET team to help prepare, sustain, and reset conventional lands forces to support combatant commanders’ requirements.
The team ensures that they remain well abreast with all current and updated regulations, field and technical manuals, and standard operating procedures to ensure the information they train the soldiers.
“When there is a new regulation that comes out, we have to key in on it and make sure that the information that we are putting out is current,” said Green. “If we’re not putting out the right information, it is not helping the soldiers.”
In addition to available training for the soldiers, unit commanders can contact the COMET Team and request courtesy inspections on their operations.
“When commanders request an inspection, the results are kept between us and the commander and we help them with resolutions,” said Carl Gordon, the maintenance team lead for the COMET Team. “When we go down to the unit, we identify trends or logistics issues they might have, and then we give them the tools to correct the deficiencies and help them along. We want to make sure the system gets healthy.”
Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters, Jr., the commanding general of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and the senior logistician for Fort Hood, received a tour of the COMET facilities Feb. 4 and was impressed by the level of detail for all their training aids.
At the COMET facilities, they have a complete structured mock-up of a company level arms room, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) cage, supply office, maintenance section, and a Supply Support Activity (SSA) bay.
“We underutilize the COMET Team and the expertise that they bring to the installation,” said LeMasters. “The leaders around Fort Hood need to come over here and see what they have. These mock up rooms are what right looks like and our leaders and Soldiers need to understand that.”
The COMET team provides the following training in the area of Supply Operations: Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss (FLIPL) Preparation, FLIPL Investigating Officer Procedures, Property Book Unit Supply Enhanced (PBUSE) Refresher, Property Accountability, Commander’s Pre-Change of Command Inventory Brief, Army Records Information Management System (ARIMS), Command Supply Discipline Program (staff and unit level), Senior Logistic Training, Asset Visibility, Develop an Unit Movement Plan, Transportation Deployment Overview, Standard Army Validation and Reconciliation, Intro to Hand-Held Terminals, SSA Operations, Command Food Service Discipline Program, Dining Facility Account Management, Dining Facility Inventory Management, Food Protection/Food Safety, and Food Management.
Training available in the area of Maintenance Operations includes: Preparation for Directorate of Emergency Services Inspection (Arms Room), CBRN Development/Redevelopment and Readiness Procedures, Controlled Cryptographic Item Accountability/Turn-in Procedures, Test Measurement Diagnostic Equipment Procedures and Certification, III Corps Test, Measurement, & Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Coordination, Maintenance Leaders Training (Part 1 and 2), Unit Executive Officer Maintenance Training, Command Maintenance Discipline Program, Unit Arms Room Operation and Armament Shop Operation, CBRN Operations, Driver’s Training Program and Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS) Evaluation, Communication Shop Operations and TMDE Program, Motor Pool Shop Operations, Standard Army Maintenance System-Level 1 Enhanced (SAMS-1E )/ The Army Maintenance Management System (TAMMS)/Dispatching, and Army Material Status System (AMSS) and Scheduled Services.
For additional information, visit the COMET team at building 39042 at the corner of 62nd Street and Tank Destroyer Boulevard, call (254)285-5515 or (254)553-1547, or check out their AKO page at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/670841.