March 25, 2019 —
Navy Rear Adm. Deborah Haven, Defense Logistics Agency Joint Reserve Force director, hosted more than 90 senior leaders representing six major subordinate commands during the Annual Leadership Review at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, March 15-17.
DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams kicked off the ALR by recognizing JRF reservists for their different perspective, interpersonal skills, expertise and strategic readiness.
“You bring some capabilities to the fight that go way beyond your military discipline,” Williams said.
His remarks tied into the year’s focus on integration.
“The Joint Reserve Force has achieved tremendous success supporting DLA and the warfighter. As leaders, we continuously strive for ways to improve our capabilities, break down barriers and strengthen the culture,” Haven said.
Reservists discovered how consolidating information in SharePoint can help them alleviate redundancies, increase training, optimize communication and lead to more efficiencies. Additional breakout sessions were held on recruitment, service member employment, cross-training, and programs that educate newcomers on DLA’s mission and culture.
“Integration is more than just working well together,” said Kris Kremer, DLA JRF deputy director. “It’s about ensuring everyone is focused on achieving the organization’s goals. As a geographically dispersed joint force, we have a unique mixture of experience and skillsets that enhance our capabilities. Our objective is to capitalize on those assets to achieve the mission of the JRF, support DLA and the warfighter.”
The reservists were encouraged to share their experiences with each other and network in activities like analyzing retired Army Gen. Stanley Chrystal’s book “Team of Teams” and classroom discussions. MSCs also presented snapshots of what they do to showcase their capabilities.
This year’s Annual Leadership Review highlighted culture and communication as suggested in DLA Culture Survey feedback.