Surface Forces Logistics is a military center operated by the United States Coast Guard. It is its most important logistics center in the United States of America. The center is located in Baltimore,In the central part of Maryland. It has a huge importance for the US Coast Guard due to its mission, objectives, tradition and operations. The center consists of six divisions, with Workforce Services Division holding the leading role. The five other names include the asset logistics, the engineering operations, the industrial missions, the contracting division and the business operations. Each of them has a specific role and leadership. The six names do not overlap each other, but work in a very tight collaboration to fulfill the mission of the center.
Surface Forces Logistics supports the United States Coast Guard, whose operations imply search and rescue missions, ice patrolling, law enforcement activities and environmental protection. The logistics center is only responsible for the engineering part, the supply and the information required in all those operations. Other than that, it also evaluates the requirements of each installation and procures the proper equipments. The center is under Captain Mark E. Butt’s command.
The mission is extremely complicated due to the wide variety of installations and stations, therefore the center collaborates with a few agencies – Industrial Services Activities. The institution has multiple stations spread around the United States of America. Each of them supports particular US Coast Guard installations. The stations deal with the supply distribution. Finally, the center maintains all the US Coast Guard Units in the right proportions. It creates and maintains the units by carefully distributing the manpower around.
There are six divisions serving at Surface Forces Logistics and an office. The office is responsible for the general safety, as well as the environmental compliance. The leading division is Workforce Services.
The unit for asset logistics (ALD) deals with all the financial and fiscal operations in the center. It sets up the budget and splits it accordingly for each installation. It deals millions of dollars every year. It has four different branches.
The division for business missions (BOD) maintains the IT services and provides all the information and data required by the center. The division also dictates which way the center goes and whether an improvement or update process is required or not. The management of the quality program for all the supplies handled on site is among its priorities too.
The contracting division (CPD) at Surface Forces Logistics supports and maintains all the boat resources and distributes them accordingly around the country. On the other hand, the nine stations of the industrial missions division (IOD) are spread in multiple parts of the country and maintain the proper organization of the personnel. Finally, the engineering division (ESD) is relatively new and maintains all the boat support before being distributed.
All in all, Surface Forces Logistics has everything it needs. With some of the latest services recently developed, it is better prepared than anytime and ready to fulfill its mission at the highest quality standards.