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GCSS-Army Continues Fielding by Launching International Efforts

By Lee Eustace, Logistics Division, GCSS-Army

Darrel Page, the GCSS-Army ALUT coordinator, talks to students at the end of the ALUT course in Vilseck, Germany.
Darrel Page, the GCSS-Army ALUT coordinator, talks to students at the end of the ALUT course in Vilseck, Germany.

The Wave 1 fielding effort of the Product Manager, Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army) enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution continues to make progress, despite challenges as a result of sequestration and the government shutdown.

Recently, a group comprised of chiefs of installation (COIs), trainers and system engineers (SEs), visited several U.S. Army locations in Germany and Italy to prepare for the upcoming fielding. For this European fielding, the GCSS-Army team will face a new set of challenges ranging from time zone and language differences to coordinating international travel, complying with host nation regulations and navigating labor force cultural differences.

To initiate this fielding, the training team has already conducted three sessions of the Advance Lead User Training (ALUT) at 23 different U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) units, 18 in Germany and five in Italy. The COIs and SEs also conducted a series of site visits, technical briefings and leadership briefings aimed at preparing the units for a successful implementation of GCSS-Army. These efforts are just the beginning of the overall fielding of GCSS-Army overseas. Worldwide fielding efforts continue until its completion in fiscal year 2017, when the GCSS-Army system will be in use by an estimated 160,000 users.

As of the end of November, GCSS-Army has fielded the Wave 1 solution to 11 Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) units, 19 Army National Guard units, three Army Reserve Command units and nine Army Sustainment Command Directorates of Logistics. So far, GCSS-Army has completed 13 percent of Wave 1, with an overall customer satisfaction rating of 80 percent. For more information on GCSS-Army, please visit our website: www.gcss.army.mil

Posted January 29, 2014