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John Heidenescher, a technology trainer and curriculum developer from Jacksonville, North Carolina, teaches Marines how to use the new Mobile Field System on Camp Kinser, Aug. 4, 2015. The system, which is intended for use by small units and detachments, helps mechanics and technicians when they are not in a satellite location. It tracks all logistics, including the amount of time it takes to perform its functions and which functions are utilized while the system is disconnected. The Marines are with 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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New Mobile Field System set to improve readiness at 3rd MLG, III MEF

31 Aug 2015 | Cpl. Rebecca Elmy III Marine Expeditionary Force

After months of implementation throughout the Marine Corps, III Marine Expeditionary Force became the final MEF to be introduced to training for the new Mobile Field System, Aug. 4.

“The system is a basic disconnected modem to allow mechanics or technicians to go to a satellite location to track all the logistics [work being done],” said Sgt. Bill L. Morsette, a Global Combat Support System-Marine Corps Maintenance Instructor with 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III MEF. “For example, the amount of time it took to perform its duties and what was utilized at that satellite location during that disconnected moment.”

The overall purpose of the system is to save time and increase efficiency while disconnected from the live system, according to Staff Sgt. Nathan D. Buxton, the supply chief with 3rd Supply Battalion, CLR-35.

“After the Marine returns [from working at the location], he can sync up all the information he put into the computer from the device and upload into the live system to reflect the completion of all his work from its prior dismounted moment,” said Buxton, from Mesa, Arizona.

The Mobile Field System will supplement the GCSS-MC, which is the principal logistics system being used by supply and maintenance Marines. The support system maintains a collection of all maintenance requests and requisitions, consolidates that data in one place, and makes that data available to many other supply and maintenance databases.

The new system provides the ability to generate onsite maintenance requests, and then instantly upload the information as soon as the system is reconnected to the active network; whereas the GCSS-MC requires an active network connection to upload new information and updates.

“It’s going to save a lot of time,” said Morsette from Rocky Point, Montana. “Instead of putting in all the data when we return from the field, we just connect to the system and all the information uploads into the live system.”

Implementing and fully transitioning to the new system involves five steps, according to Morsette. From start to finish, the process includes identifying, analyzing, making the plan, executing the plan, and, finally, implementation.

After 3rd Maintenance Battalion receives the training, the long-term goal is for all maintainers to have the same training to sustain proficiency on the system and continue to train future 3rd MLG Marines.

“This current effort, with 3rd Maintenance Battalion as the test and target audience, involves software loaded on laptop computers with streamlined GCSS-MC functionality, such as request for service, supply or maintenance, and is accompanied by instruction on proper employment of the system for evaluation,” said Warrant Officer Jeremy S. Carter, currently assigned as the 3rd MLG Logistics Systems Coordination Office officer in charge, and previously assigned to 3rd Supply Battalion, CLR-35, 3rd MLG, III MEF.

The MLG intends to be operationally capable after the training is implemented, according to Buxton.

“This is a great tool and the next step for when we’re in a deployed environment,” said Morsette. “Sometimes the GCSS-MC goes down because of monthly updates or outages, but, with MFS, to an extent, you can still transact and account for work. It helps out whether you’re in a satellite location or a deployed environment.”