The new commander of the Defense Logistics Agency’s U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command division visited DLA Troop Support June 23 to meet with senior leaders.
Army Col. Gerard Acosta, who now leads the agency's support operations to USCENTCOM and USSOCOM received overviews of the organization’s daily procedures, and briefings on current and future operations.
During the visit, Army Brig. Gen. Eric Shirley, DLA Troop Support commander said strong relationships between leaders is closely tied to mission success.
“My perspective as an Army logistician, is that solid lines and dashed lines are far less important than collaboration because, at the end of the day commanders, us in uniform, are responsible for everything that happens in our area of responsibility,” Shirley said. “We’re all one team that will make this happen for the agency and our combatant commands.”
That message of teamwork and collaboration was repeated by Acosta later in the day, while meeting with members of the Construction and Equipment supply chain.
“All of these briefings are great, but the main reason for this visit is that I wanted to meet and shake the hands of the people we’re building this team with,” he said. “I want to build this connective tissue with you guys and connect you with CENTCOM and SOCOM.”
Acosta also met with Troop Support’s Indo-Pacific and Europe and Africa commanders, and senior leaders from the Industrial Hardware, Medical, Clothing and Textiles, and Subsistence supply chains, J3/5 Plans and Operations directorate, and Command staff.