DLA Indo-Pacific: Team First … One Team … One DLA

By John Hamilton Ed.D DLA Indo-Pacific


Fred R. Barnard once said, “One picture is worth ten thousand words.” Complex ideas can likewise be conveyed with just a single picture.

“The unifying effort allows military, civilian and contracted employees to focus the No. 1 line of effort in the agency’s strategic plan: Warfighter First,” said Navy Capt. Kristin Acquavella, commander of Defense Logistics Agency Indo-Pacific.  The new DLA Indo-Pacific command board visualizes that intent with representation from each major subordinate command and joint staff directorate.

As DLA Indo-Pacific hits the three-year mark since command and control was implemented, we have learned that combined DLA equities supporting one geographic combatant command requires a “Team First … One Team … One DLA” mindset, Acquavella said.

According to Acquavella, the agency can be proud of DLA Indo-Pacific leadership team, which includes a highly skilled and talented team of five DLA Energy commanders, a DLA Troop Support commander, four DLA Distribution commanders/directors, one DLA Disposition Services director and one DLA Land and Maritime officer in charge, complimented by world-class support from DLA Logistics Operations, Human Resources Specialist, DLA Intelligence, Office of Inspector General, Installation Management and DLA General Counsel.  They are, as DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams says, “truly the secret sauce” of DLA Indo-Pacific, Acquavella said.

“Together we are dynamic, cohesive and mission-focused on leading change in the new fiscal year,” Acquavella said.

She added, working in concert with U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, we work to support the combatant commander’ vision of ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific alongside our allies and partners, united by mutual security, interests, values in order to deter adversary aggression, protect the Homeland and be ready to fight and win in armed conflict.  The DLA Indo-Pacific mantra of “Team first … One team … One DLA” aligns the organizational efforts to properly posture and remain fully engaged, as a single enterprise to meet the ever-changing and dynamic challenges of this diverse region and to lead change in 2020.

According to USINDOPACOM website, the Indo-Pacific region is culturally, socially, economically and geopolitically diverse with 36 nations in 14 time zones, more than 50% of the world's population and over 3,000 languages. The region has two of the three largest economies along with 10 of the 14 smallest economies and includes the most populous nation in the world, the largest democracy and the largest Muslim-majority nation. More than one-third of Indo-Pacific nations are small island nations, including the smallest republic in the world and the smallest nation in Asia. The region is a vital driver of the global economy and includes the world's busiest international sea lanes and nine of the 10 largest ports. Further, the region is heavily militarized, with seven of the world's 10 largest militaries and five of the world's declared nuclear nations. Given these conditions, the strategic complexity facing the Indo-Pacific Region is unique. The 2018 National Defense Strategy clearly identifies four of the five problem sets affecting this region of the world.