• Weiss top logistician

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  • Department of Logistics and Resource Operations, Command and General Staff College
    Each year, the Department of Logistics and Resource Operations of the Command and General Staff College presents the Maj. Gen. James M. Wright Distinguished Master Logistician Award, which recognizes the top logistician in each graduating class.
    Maj. Brandon M. Weiss, a Logistics officer, is the distinguished master logistician for the Command and General Staff Officer Course Class of 2018.
    Weiss was commissioned in 2007 from Northern Illinois University where he earned a bachelor of arts in history. He is currently working toward his master of arts in procurement and acquisition from Webster University. His military training includes the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course and Ordnance Officer Basic Course.
    His assignments include serving as the maintenance platoon leader and maintenance control officer, 589th Brigade Support Battalion, 41st Fires Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas; and as battalion S4 and company commander, Forward Support Company G, 701st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
    Weiss also served as a small group leader at the Logistics Captains Career Course, Fort Lee, Va., before attending resident CGSOC. His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom 08-09 and Operation Enduring Freedom 12-13.
    Weiss graduates June 15 and is heading to the 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colo.
    When asked about the competition, Weiss said: “The master logistician competition was a difficult but worthwhile challenge that really pushed my doctrinal understanding of logistics. Throughout all three phases of the competition I was able to take away something valuable that I will be able to use in the future. The final phase was the most challenging and the most beneficial because I was defending and briefing my theater logistics plan to five very intelligent sustainment leaders.
    “I am truly grateful and humbled to represent the Ordnance Corps, logisticians and sustainers of the CGSOC Class of 2018. I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all who have had a positive impact in my life.”
    Winning the award is not the only benefit of the Distinguished Master Logistician program. The program provides an expanded learning experience beyond the CGSOC curriculum and a chance to combine the knowledge from each block of instruction into one operation.
    The scenario tasked the finalists to develop a concept of support for a joint task force operation in a country with minimal support infrastructure. Serving as the theater support command’s support operations officer, they were each tasked to create a support plan that included force deployment and reception, staging and onward movement while supporting defensive operations. The plan also required participants to build combat power within the JTF to initiate unified action through all operational phases across the range of military operations.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Distinguished Master Logistician competition is open to all active, Reserve Component, National Guard, sister service and international students in the current CGSOC class. The program is broken down into three distinct phases.
    First, the candidates take a written logistics examination that encompasses a wide range of subjects, from corps logistics to financial management operations. The students who score the highest are advanced to the second phase. These students are also designated “Master Logisticians.”
    In the second phase, the candidates appear before a board of logisticians who ask a series of scenario-based logistics questions. Those candidates demonstrating superior knowledge and poise are then advanced to the third and final phase and are designated “Distinguished Master Logistician Finalists.”
    Phase three is an oral presentation before a board of senior logisticians. The candidates are given a JTF-level force projection scenario and have seven days to develop a concept of support. The four-hour session is a thorough evaluation of the candidates’ application of current doctrine, conceptual abilities and communication skills.
    Competition finalists also included Maj. Adam Di Giovanni, Maj. Matt Eidt and Maj. Rich Rogers.
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