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I was always told coffee and toast was the in AESOP job description ? Or is that only when in the air ?
This is a great initiative and makes what was a fairly anemic crse for RCAF Log Os more relevant taking place on a base where they can actually engage SMEs and see RCAF logistics in action. Hopefully it is sustained moving forward.
Air Log personnel are predominantly HR which is of course an important aspect of personnel support but has little bearing on logistics. While there are great Logisticians within the RCAF, my personal observation is that HR dominance hinders development as the pool of mentors for folks doing logistics roles is greatly reduced compared to those developing in the RCN/CA.I have a friend who is a retired Sea LogO and he felt the skills and capabilities of an Air LogO was fairly diminished comparatively.
That was pretty much the way I saw/experienced it as well. It didn't help that in the the past the Supply course was just a huge policy and pam word control F search which any monkey could do. No MIMS now DRMIS, no indepth discussion of the DSC or supply chain principles, in essence no real instruction on how to do supply just loads of supply policy.I would agree with MJP's assessment from a historical perspective. More recently, there has been a push to create more rounded Air Logisticians who are more Supply Chain Managers and less focused on policy and regulations. The issues we are having is that one, the concept of logistical support is always an after thought in the RCAF, and two, we gutted our support positions at the tactical level, and saw a slow transfer to the Strat/Institutional level. This means that while lots of Air Logisticians learn the big picture of how logistics and supply chain management work, fewer and fewer understand how to support flight crews on operations. In fact, there was a time not long ago, where the divide was so great between the operational and logistic support communities on a Wing that Logisticians (Officers and NCOs) didn't understand what they were supporting or why.