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News | March 15, 2023

Senior leadership synchronization focuses on the future of warfighter support

By Leon Moore, Acting Public Affairs Chief DLA Aviation Public Affairs Office

More than 30 senior leaders from Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Richmond and DLA Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio gathered in the DLA Aviation Operations Center (Bldg. 46) on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia March 8, to talk key focus areas.

The idea behind the meeting came about after Aviation military and civilian leadership conducted a Senior Leader Alignment and Commitment meeting on DSCR back in Nov. 2022. A key initiative from that meeting was improving upon the already strong relationship between Aviation and Land and Maritime. 

“We have a natural tie for the agency as we both work the Class IX supply chain,” said DLA Aviation Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Sean Tyler.

Class IX are repair parts and components listed under the 10 categories of the military class of supply. Aviation and Land and Maritime are the major subordinate commands that work the Class IX supply chain for the agency.

Tyler and DLA Land and Maritime Commander Army Brig. Gen. Gail Atkins provided opening remarks before the group got down to business.

“The leadership that exists in this room does a great job linking their workforces to the warfighter. Though our acquisition strategies are different, and they must be because we have different customers, the point and importance of what we are saying needs to be aligned,” said Atkins.

Key topics discussed during the meeting included major strategic focus areas, including support to the DLA Nuclear Enterprise Support Office, as well as providing support to United States European Command headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany; requirement and execution prioritization alignment between major subordinate commands; retail support to DLA Aviation industrial support activities at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Ogden, Utah; San Diego, California, Jacksonville, Florida and Cherry Point, North Carolina and supply/demand chain issues.

Tyler said he was very pleased with the outcome of the engagement. 

“We were able to provide mission briefs for each organization, gain a great understanding of the focus areas, challenges, and collective opportunities we have to work together on class IX supplies to support the warfighter.”