News | Nov. 22, 2016

Agency continues collaborative effort with Navy

By Dianne Ryder

Defense Logistics Agency leaders met with Navy partners to discuss shared goals and interests at the McNamara Headquarters Complex, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Nov. 21.

Capt. James Albritton, DLA Logistics Operations Navy Account Manager, opened the meeting by reporting there were no action items from the 2015 Navy/DLA Day meeting.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Andy Busch, the director of DLA, began by thanking the participants for attending and said of all the goals in DLA’s strategic plan, “Warfighter support is No. 1.”

“I’m not troubled by the fact that we have no outstanding action items, but we have [agenda] topics related to setting some goals in areas of common interest, and we should be stretching to achieve those goals,” he said.

Busch also said he’d had an interesting meeting with Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

“He’s shown tremendous interest in the sustainment of the F-35 [aircraft],” Busch said, recommending that leaders seize the opportunity to support his current F-35 focus.

Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, commander of Navy Installations Command, offered his thanks for DLA’s hospitality, personal time and commitment to the Armed Forces in general.

Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command, addressed the joint aspect of the Navy/DLA relationship. He spoke about the large part DLA plays in NAVSUP’s successful forecasting and stock positioning.

Discussion topics included maritime strategies, logistics information exchange, additive manufacturing, supply chain surety and logistics-focused exercises.