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Combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have showcased the innovative, resilient and adaptive nature of Marine Corps logisticians. Today's Marine logisticians bring a wealth of experience to our community, enabling us to better prepare for future threats in a resource-constrained operating environment. As we look to the next 25 years, we will build upon the lessons of the past and develop logist

Combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have showcased the innovative, resilient and adaptive nature of Marine Corps logisticians. Today's Marine logisticians bring a wealth of experience to our community, enabling us to better prepare for future threats in a resource-constrained operating environment. As we look to the next 25 years, we will build upon the lessons of the past and develop logist

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"While shippers rely on expedited services to maintain supply chain integrity, carriers and technology providers are pus...
01/20/2017
Fast But Steady Wins The Expedited Race - Inbound Logistics

"While shippers rely on expedited services to maintain supply chain integrity, carriers and technology providers are pushing solutions that could reduce demand for costly time-sensitive deliveries."

More companies are relying on expedited shipping a regular part of their inbound transportation planning. However, intelligent systems are helping reduce the need for the Hail Mary emergency moves.

A promising idea from Cpl Long, a challenge winner of LtGen Dana's Logistics Innovation Challenge
01/18/2017
Okinawa Marine devises way to immediately treat battlefield injuries

A promising idea from Cpl Long, a challenge winner of LtGen Dana's Logistics Innovation Challenge

His hands are greasy from the oil stained metal he handles. Yellow light bleeds into the isometric structure of the warehouse. The low dull melody of tools upon tools is almost a wash. He works with

USMC Squadron Looks to 3D Printing
12/27/2016
USMC squadron looks to 3D printing - News - Shephard

USMC Squadron Looks to 3D Printing

The US Marine Corps (USMC) is exploring the potential benefits of using 3-D printing in the field, to test out how the technology can improve field maintenance procedures.

12/23/2016
U.S. Marine Corps, Constellation, P&G collaborate to achieve Navy’s first ‘Net Zero’ energy military base | Business Wire

“We look forward to continuing our efforts to conserve energy while preserving the mission effectiveness of our installation whose focus of effort is the warfighter,” said MCLB Albany’s Commanding Officer Col. James C. Carroll III.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has awarded a $170 million, 23-year energy savings performance contract to Constellation, a subsidiary o

A center of excellence (CoE) staffed by analytics experts can drive supply chain improvements across your organization. ...
12/19/2016
How to create a supply chain center of excellence that works – Technology – CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly

A center of excellence (CoE) staffed by analytics experts can drive supply chain improvements across your organization. CoEs thrive if they are viewed as bringing long-term strategic benefit to the organization.

A center of excellence (CoE) staffed by analytics experts can drive supply chain improvements across your organization. Here are six recommendations for ensuring a successful CoE initiative.

12/16/2016
The Future of Unmanned Logistics | Quest News 2016 | Avalon Risk Management

"The rise of drones both in the air and on the ground will be a huge disruptor to the logistics industry."

There has been a great deal of buzz about drones lately. The FAA has finally approved the Small Unmanned Systems rules for business flying (FAA Part 107), and many companies who were already using drones are working to meet these regulatory requirements. Many more business who have been waiting for…

Ten supply chain resolutions industry leadership may consider in 2017
12/15/2016
10 Supply Chain New Year's Resolutions for 2017

Ten supply chain resolutions industry leadership may consider in 2017

What can you do to improve the performance of your company's supply chain? These 10 resolutions offer a great starting point.

"Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments have developed a new type of radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that i...
12/15/2016
MIT and TI Develop Hack-proof RFID Chip

"Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments have developed a new type of radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that is virtually impossible to hack."

New technology could secure credit cards, key cards, and pallets of goods in warehouses.

LtGen Dana, Deputy Commandant for Installations & Logistics, Headquarters Marine Corps, visited Army Prepositioned Stock...
11/30/2016
Joint logistics and partnership discussed during APS-5 tour

LtGen Dana, Deputy Commandant for Installations & Logistics, Headquarters Marine Corps, visited Army Prepositioned Stocks-5 this month, to get a firsthand look at one of the Army's largest and most flexible logistics capabilities.

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- The Deputy Commandant for Installations of Logistics Headquarters Marine Corps visited Army Prepositioned Stocks-5 here, Nov. 14, to get a firsthand look at one of the Army's largest and most flexible logistics capabilities.

From the desk of LtGen Dana:- Engineers at the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) have developed graphene-based ...
09/01/2016
Graphene-based sheets make dirty water drinkable simply and cheaply

From the desk of LtGen Dana:
- Engineers at the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) have developed graphene-based biofoam sheets that can be laid on dirty or salty dams and ponds to produce clean drinking water, using the power of the sun.
- This new technique could be a cheap and simple way to help provide fresh water in countries where large areas of water are contaminated with suspended particles of dirt and other floating matter.
- The system works by drawing up water from underneath like a sponge where it then evaporates in the topmost layer, leaving behind any suspended particulates or salts. Fresh water then condenses on the top, where it can be drawn off and used.

Engineers at the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) have developed graphene-based biofoam sheets that can be laid on dirty or salty dams and ponds to produce clean drinking water, using the power of the sun.

From the desk of LtGen Dana:- A team of researchers from Tufts University has taken flexible electronics to their next l...
08/31/2016
Smart sutures send wireless status reports from wound sites

From the desk of LtGen Dana:
- A team of researchers from Tufts University has taken flexible electronics to their next logical step, embedding them in sutures that can monitor the body from the site of the stitching and broadcast their findings to a Bluetooth-enabled device..
- Once stitched in place in both mice and tissues samples in a lab dish, the threads were able to collect data on their surroundings including the pressure, stress and temperature at the suture site. They were also able to measure the pH and glucose levels, which can be key markers in determining how
well a site is healing and whether or not infection has set in.
- In the studies, the threads were attached to a circuit board that measured about the size of half a credit card, which was located on the skin of the mice. That board, using Bluetooth, was able to send data to a smartphone and a computer.

A team of researchers from Tufts University has taken flexible electronics to their next logical step, embedding them in sutures that can monitor the body from the site of the stitching and broadcast their findings to a Bluetooth-enabled device.�

From the desk of LtGen Dana:- Past research has found ways to steer a drone just through the power of the mind. Now, res...
08/30/2016
Brain power multiplied for drone swarm control

From the desk of LtGen Dana:
- Past research has found ways to steer a drone just through the power of the mind. Now, researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) have built on that with a system that allows a pilot to take control of a whole swarm of drones, both in the air and on the ground.
- The user simply watches the drones on a monitor and pictures them performing the desired tasks, whether that's flying close together, spreading out, or docking with ground-based robots to charge batteries or swap information.
- One thing that took the team by surprise was the fact that the human brain can adapt to the kind of thinking required for swarms and collective behaviors.

Past research has found ways to steer a drone just through the power of the mind. Now, researchers at Arizona State University have built on that with a system that allows a pilot to take control of a whole swarm of drones, both in the air and on the ground.

08/11/2016

From the desk of LtGen Dana: "Tips from the Colonel Command Board:

1) Of the ten Colonels picked up for Colonel command....ten were PME
complete, nine joint. I often tell Marines to wait to get joint after
Colonel command....but based on the numbers of the past few years, not a bad
idea to get joint sooner (as a Major or post command LtCol for instance).
If joint is not available, go high level staff (MEF or HQMC).

2) PME. Doesn't have to be resident TLS though some briefers will
highlight that pedigree. If you go to resident TLS, graduating with
Distinction a positive indicator and helpful to your cause. Critical that
if you don't get TLS...and you want to stay competitive.....get TLS done by
correspondence.

3) You have to have a current photo, PFT, or CFT....or you will be swimming
up hill
on the board.

4) Five of ten picked up on this board had MWSS command time four had
commands in the MLG, one in the school house. Ties into the fact it is
best to be a well-rounded MAGTF officer in order to stay competitive. Try
to serve in each element of the MAGTF and if possible, time at HQMC as a
Major or LtCol (I&L, PP&O, P&R, CD&I) a good thing. The more you can
show that you have higher level staff skill sets (MEF, HQMC) the better.
Proven performance in skill sets in your MOS (I&L/MCI COM) or other MOSs
(Ops, $$, capability development) also good. Good company command time,
Bn or Reg Ops time, and LtCol command time.....important to your odds for
selection for Colonel command. There's a lot to do in finite amount of
career time....but each of the officers selected this year were able to
several different things (command and staff jobs) well. All things being
equal, very strong command as a LtCol a very important factor.

5) Fitreps. Say what you mean and mean what you say by having numbers
match words. Numbers trump words. In the narrative, take the time to
break the MRO out of the pack if you want to ensure the full potential and
performance of the MRO is highlighted. For instance....of the nine LtCols
I observe on a daily basis in the MLG....this officer is #2 of 9 or phrases
to that effect. Also....ROs and RSs need to a better job of keeping track
of our RS and RO profiles.

6) If you get tagged for recruiting.....row hard and show grit....and you'll
be ok. In some cases (area and station specific) surviving shows grit.
Knocking it out of the park, shows tremendous potential.

7) Fill out the questionnaires fully....and don't be afraid to highlight
family reasons for wanting to stay or go to a specific geographic area.

Other thoughts related to career development:
*Would encourage officers with a supply and maintenance background to try a
tour at DLA. As the advocate I want us to get young field grade officers
into DLA. I am convinced we can grow a future Director of DLA. Same for
US Transportation Command with officers with a CLB, ESB, or MWSS background.

*Tour at LOGCOM...good (in my view)....especially for a supply or mntc
officer.

*We are working hard to get field grade officers into P&R or PP&O. If you
have someone you feel has a knack for P&R type work, steer them that
way....because at the GO level....that kind of background most helpful. It
also gives Colonels...when in zone for one star....a leg up on others.
*I would tell a brand new logistics officer to try get time with an
infantry battalion, MLG, and MWSS as a company grade officer. As a
Major....Opso or XO of a log unit, then joint....or HQMC. Time permitting,
some
base or station time....a good round out tour.

*Not saying don't go drill field or MOI......but if you want something
different.....go to TBS as an instructor......or to MCLOG as an instructor.
(my view only)

Bottom line to all this though....do the best you can where you are assigned
because at the end of the day, sustained superior performance leads to
command.

Please let your officers know...if they have any questions, ready and
willing to answer same.

The Canadian military has begun testing what a company is calling "the world's first bionic knee brace" to help troops b...
08/09/2016
Canadian Military Testing ‘Bionic’ Knee Brace for Troops

The Canadian military has begun testing what a company is calling "the world's first bionic knee brace" to help troops better absorb the impact from carrying all the gear and equipment on the modern battlefield.

The Canadian military has begun testing what a company is calling “the world’s first bionic knee brace” to help troops better absorb the impact from carrying all the gear and equi…

Gunnery Sgt. Brandon Watson (center), project coordinator for Innovative Readiness Training Old Harbor, Alaska, briefs a...
08/01/2016
MARFORRES Marines improve Alaskan infrastructure during IRT Old Harbor

Gunnery Sgt. Brandon Watson (center), project coordinator for Innovative Readiness Training Old Harbor, Alaska, briefs a group of distinguished visitors from different military branches and civilian agencies July 11, 2016. IRT Old Harbor is part of a civil and joint military program to improve military readiness while simultaneously providing quality services to underserved communities throughout the United States.

Marines from units across Marine Forces Reserve are participating in Innovative Readiness Training Old Harbor, Alaska, April 26 – August 6, 2016. IRT Old Harbor is part of a civil and joint military

"The two companies will work together to develop specific capabilities for the North American first responder and homela...
07/30/2016
Martin Aircraft, Avwatch partner to market jetpack in U.S.

"The two companies will work together to develop specific capabilities for the North American first responder and homeland security sectors, which are key markets for the Martin Jetpack, the company said."

Martin Aircraft Company has signed a formal alliance agreement with Avwatch Inc., to develop the U.S. first responder market for Martin Jetpacks.

07/29/2016
MWSS-171 blasts through first stage of Eagle Wrath 2016

MWSS-171 blasts through first stage of Eagle Wrath 2016

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, completed the first stage of Eagle Wrath 2016 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan, July

New Dry Combat Submersible to carry troops to mission areas scuba-free
07/29/2016
New Dry Combat Submersible to carry troops to mission areas scuba-free

New Dry Combat Submersible to carry troops to mission areas scuba-free

US Special Forces are in for a drier time as Lockheed Martin and Submergence Group LLC sign a US$166 million contract to supply the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) with a new class of combat submersibles that allows the soldiers to travel inside the vessel.

The call, "Engineers up!", could take on an added meaning.
07/29/2016
Flyboard Air creator bought by US counter explosives company

The call, "Engineers up!", could take on an added meaning.

In April, Franky Zapata showed off the Flyboard Air; an impressive personal flight system that quickly started breaking records. Now, US company Implant Sciences has announcing its intention to purchase Zapata Industries.

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Expeditionary Force 21, the Marine Corps' capstone concept, can be accessed here: http://www.mccdc.marines.mil/ef21 The 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps' Planning Guidance can be accessed here: http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/Portals/142/Docs/2015CPG_Color.pdf The Marine Corps Installations and Logistics Roadmap can be accessed here: http://www.iandl.marines.mil/Portals/85/Docs/Division%20LP%20Documents/MCILR_lowres_June20-1.pdf DC I&L's Logistics Training and Education Strategy can be accessed here: http://www.iandl.marines.mil/Portals/85/Docs/Division%20LP%20Documents/Log%20TE%20Strategy.pdf DC I&L's Logistics Information Technology Portfolio Strategy can be accessed here: http://www.iandl.marines.mil/Portals/85/Docs/Division%20LP%20Documents/Log%20TE%20Strategy.pdf Conduct and Page Guidelines ---------------------------------- We strive to provide our audience with perspective on Marine Corps news and information while maintaining an issue driven, principle based and audience focused conversation online. While this is an open forum, it's also a family friendly one, so please keep any comments clean. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. Comments and posts that do not follow these guidelines may be removed: -We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. -We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. -We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. -Apparent spam will be removed and may cause the author(s) to be blocked from the page without notice. -You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. - For Official Use Only (FOUO), classified, pre-decisional, proprietary or business-sensitive information should never be discussed here. Don’t post personnel lists, rosters, organization charts or directories. This is a violation of privacy. The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Marine Corps or Department of Defense. You are encouraged to quote, republish or share any content on this site on your own blog, Web site or other communication/publication. If you do so, please credit the command or the person who authored the content as a courtesy. Semper Fidelis.

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1st LT US Marine Corps. US Marine Corps. Roland Edwin Oelberg December 19, 2006 Arlington, Virginia. Roland was a resident of Arlington, Virginia at the time of his passing. He was married to Donna. Contributions in his memory can be made to The American Heart Association, 7203 Poplar St., Annandale, VA.