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News | March 10, 2016

DLA leaders welcome JCS senior enlisted advisor

By John Bell

Defense Logistics Agency senior leaders hosted the new senior enlisted advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff March 8 at DLA headquarters.

DLA Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Andy Busch and the agency’s senior enlisted advisor, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Tobin, engaged Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell in a discussion of how DLA can fine-tune its service to the warfighter, among other topics. Joining the discussion was Command Sgt. Maj. James Sims, senior enlisted advisor at the Army Materiel Command.

This capped a morning that included other high-level meetings (including with senior leaders at DLA Energy) and was followed by a lunch in which Troxell and his fellow senior enlisted advisors led a discussion with DLA’s senior enlisted active-duty military members.

“It’s been a great visit for me,” Troxell said. He noted he hopes to visit DLA quarterly during his tenure as SEAC.

"I hope I left you with the message that we do have a strategic plan focused on 'Warfighter First,' " Busch said in his meeting with the senior enlisted leaders. He added, "We have to import some of the things the services do for the uniformed members in this environment," — naming as priorities programs focused on fitness, wellness and prevention of sexual assault.

Troxell was “impressed with our strategic plan and how we clearly defining our mission, vision and core values,” Tobin noted. “The biggest takeaway was the professionalism, joint effort and discipline displayed by our noncommissioned officers and petty officers throughout the agency,” he added.

“Overall, the visit was a success, as we continue to develop our young leaders in a Joint environment,” Tobin said. “I'm flattered that he wants our resilience program as an example for others to follow and grateful that he wants to visit our agency again in the near future."