News | May 24, 2021

HDIFC hosts 2021 DLA DS Spring Leadership Summit

By Jason Shamberger Disposition Services

Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Leadership Summit Participants.
Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Leadership Summit Participants.
Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Leadership Summit Participants.
2021 Leadership Summit
Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Leadership Summit Participants.
Photo By: Jason Shamberger
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Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services leaders arrived to the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center to review and evaluate initiatives during the 2021 Spring Leadership Summit. This event marked the first time since COVID restrictions were put in place that an in-person meeting like this could occur, albeit still following the necessary safety protocols. DLA team members from around the world once more were able to join and discuss multiple Disposition Services-related topics including the way forward.

The primary focus for the Disposition Service Directors was to review and evaluate the DLA Disposition Services Strategic Plan, which outlines how initiatives and DLA lines of effort impact the major subordinate commands and ensures metrics are in alignment with the operating environment. Leadership coming together and discussing the overall MSC plans and the motivation behind decisions proved beneficial.

“We tell folks what we’re doing and normally not the why,” said Operations Director Arthur Welsh. “This plan does that, and it will help make a difference.”

Bringing together leaders to discuss and evaluate the strategic plan from top to bottom helped to ensure its overall effectiveness; allowing Disposition Services to position itself to help support the warfighter and the nation in as many ways as possible.

“We want to be able to show that we do a lot more to support the warfighter than just COCOM support and here is how we are going to improve Warfighter Always, not just during contingencies”, said Disposition Services Director Mike Cannon.

Another topic of discussion was the value of the ongoing field office realignment. With a shift in personnel and the closure of multiple field offices, FOR will see cost savings and increased capabilities while reducing customer wait time. Despite the small site closures, support services will continue and, in many cases, increase capabilities.

The summit concluded with DSDs having one-on-one sessions with headquarter senior leaders, diving into details that impacted each regional area.