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Logistics Officer's Duties

by David Lipscomb

Army logistics officers or logisticians serve the entire Army's materiel and readiness needs. Logisticians are the backbone behind acquiring these items, as well as getting them where they need to be. The Logistics Branch of the Army is comprised of quartermasters, ordinance and aviation logistics experts, human resources specialists and transportation officers. Each of these roles is critical to ensuring the readiness and fighting ability of the Army.

Quartermaster Corps

Quartermaster officers direct their junior officers and enlisted personnel in supplying troops uniforms, backpacks, boots, food and other essential items for everyday soldiering. Additionally, quartermaster officers organize collaborative efforts with transportation personnel to supply troops in the field, as well as procuring items as required to sustain Army bases around the world. Quartermasters direct the allocation and sending of fuel to front-line troops, keeping tanks and personnel carriers rolling forward.

Ordinance Corps Officers

Ordinance officers must be proficient in a wide range of military supply and maintenance, including weapons, ammunition and even tank repair. Ordinance officers are in charge of ensuring power from generators is continually flowing, critical in combat zones with reduced or non-existent infrastructure. A section of the Ordinance Corps deals specifically with maintenance and supply of the Army's fleet of advanced helicopters and aerial craft, including the UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook. This role is critical, given the Army's use of aerial craft for reconnaissance, tank busting and ground troop support.

Human Resources

Human resources officers are vital in ensuring proper force strength, readiness and health of soldiers around the world. Human resources officers are instrumental in ensuring proper unit assignment and posting information. HR technicians support commanders at all levels in regards to policies, procedures and regulations involving personnel. These officers also provide guidance to enlisted personnel and other officers alike in personal finance, family and career advancement concerns.

Transportation Officers

Without timely and efficient transportation activities, the Army grinds to a halt. These officers direct the movement of vehicles and supplies, carrying them into war zones, bases and forward deployment areas around the globe. These officers direct the movement of troops and cargo in the air, on the sea and over the land, including railway operations. Officers oversee and perform maintenance of these vehicles, military rail lines and vessels. In combat zones, transportation officers command these fleets in the delivery of weapons, support vehicles and anything else the soldier needs on the front lines.

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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