Sustainment Center of Excellence

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Sustainment Center of Excellence shoulder sleeve insignia

The U.S. Army Sustainment Center of Excellence (SCoE) [pronounced sko or sko-e] is a subordinate organization under the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) at Fort Lee, Virginia.

SCoE definition[edit]

SCoE is way of describing CASCOM Headquarters oversight of one of several multi-branch, multi-school Centers of Excellence (CoE) within the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

TRADOC Centers of Excellence (CoEs) came about as a result of a 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission recommendation. According to TRADOC a CoE is, “a premier organization that creates the highest standards of achievement in an assigned sphere of expertise by generating synergy through effective and efficient combination and integration of functions while reinforcing the unique requirements and capabilities of the branches.”

CoEs with a similar structure to the SCoE are Fires (Fort Sill, OK), Maneuver (Fort Benning, GA) and Maneuver Support (Fort Leonard Wood, MO).

SCoE headquarters building[edit]

The $50 million SCoE headquarters building, completed in 2009, contains the headquarters for CASCOM, the Quartermaster Center and School (QMC&S), the Ordnance Center and School (OC&S), and the Transportation Center and School (TC&S).

As part of the creation of the SCoE, the Army Logistics Management College (ALMC) has become the Army Logistics University (ALU) where professional development training takes place for logistics officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and civilians. ALU is located on a separate 36-acre (150,000 m2) campus in the new $136 million ALU Building completed in 2009.

On 30 July 2010, the SCoE building was dedicated as Mifflin Hall in honor of Major General Thomas Mifflin the first Quartermaster General and the Army's first Logistician. At the same time the former Quartermaster School Headquarters, which is to be demolished, was decommissioned as Mifflin Hall.

SCoE Nation[edit]

The Sustainment Center of Excellence is sometimes unofficially referred to as the "SCoE Nation" by its military and civilian members. It's a new tradition that encourages a sense of belonging, of camaraderie and esprit de corps within the organization.

Subordinate commands[edit]

Commanders[edit]

  • Major General James E. Chambers from 2008 to 11 June 2010
  • Brigadier General Jesse Cross from 11 June 2010 to 9 September 2010

Insignia[edit]

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: A shield-shaped embroidered item blazoned as follows: Argent, a torch of knowledge enflamed Or, the torch base Argent (Silver Gray), between five mullets Azure; all within a 18 inch (0.32 cm) red border. Overall dimensions are 2 38 inches (6.0 cm) in width by 3 inches (7.6 cm) in length.

Symbolism: Red, white, and blue are the national colors. The torch of knowledge symbolizes the training functions of the Center to transform service members into proficient logistic leaders and soldiers. Gold/yellow denotes excellence. The five stars represent the five major elements of Sustainment – maintenance, supply, transportation, human resources, and financial services.

The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved effective 1 January 2009, and was worn starting on 1 October 2009.

References[edit]

  • Sustainment Center of Excellence Pamphlet, Fort Lee Public Affairs Office, 3 March 2009
  • TRADOC News Service, “BRAC Commission Recommendations Become Law,” 10 November 2005.

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