* Who does the BLST chief turn to in a time of need?
* When does the BLST chief start building support relationships within his unit?
* Where can the BLST chief go to find the resources he needs to best support his unit?
By March 2006, the verdict from LARs, BLSTs
, LCMC senior command representatives (SCRs), and logistics support element commanders in the field was, "Implement SIGTRAKS immediately." Users at all levels adapted to using the system and quickly recognized its added value.
An LST has some of the same capabilities as a BLST. During combined training center rotations, LSTs support BLSTs and other organizations that do not belong to a BCT.
ASC has battalions, brigades, logistics readiness centers (LRCs), logistics support teams (LSTs), and brigade logistics support teams (BLSTs) located around the world and uses them to help improve equipment readiness.
The BLST concept began in 2005 when AMC shifted from the logistics support element's division-centric approach to a modular support concept centered on the Stryker brigade combat teams (SBCTs).
The BLST's direct support role relieves the brigade's tactically focused logisticians from having to leverage AMC's robust enterprise.
With the reach-back support of the Army Sustainment Command and Army Materiel Command, the BLST is critical to maintaining BCT readiness.
In essence, the BLST serves as the go-to subject matter expert for the SPO section, filling the technical capability gap that was resident in the SPO's duties of "chasing parts" and communicating with item managers and the division materiel management cell.
Army Materiel Command LARs and DLA Disposition Services, in conjunction with the BLST chief, assist with equipment identification and technical inspections and validate condition codes.
Using the BLST as the key integrator, the SBCT was able to collaborate and synchronize with the Materiel Enterprise to include capabilities of LARs from various life cycle management commands (LC-MCs), the directorate of logistics' supply and services division, and DLA Disposition Services.