Experts visit, share knowledge with 45th Sust. Bde.

| March 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Two senior logistics experts recently shared their knowledge with senior leaders of the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, and emphasized that sustaining the line requires more than the moving parts.

Although Brig. Gen. Robin Akin, commander, 3rd Sust. Command (Expeditionary), and retired Brig. Gen. Rebecca Halstead, former commander of the 3rd Corps Support Command, spoke in separate sessions during the brigade’s leaders symposium held, Feb. 9–10, at the Ko Olina Resort, they both stressed that successfully supplying logistics is just as much about providing better leadership.

Their message echoed the importance of senior leaders needing continuous training, coaching and mentoring.

“As we (leaders) assume training, readiness and authority, we will continue to sustain the line with zest and professionalism, ensuring all our units are highly trained and ready for missions today or tomorrow,” Akin said. “It is a great time to serve our nation and the Army.”

Akin acknowledged that readiness and sustainment training have suffered due to increased tempo of combat missions, everyday operations and complications brought on by resource, environmental and infrastructure constraints.

The brigade command team handpicked Akin and Halstead as the main guest speakers because of their extensive backgrounds. The symposium was an opportunity to bring all brigade leaders together under one roof, to tap into the first-hand experience of leaders who have been successful at the highest levels of logistics.

The symposium also allowed participants to network and discuss upcoming missions.

“This learning experience is a privilege, and I am honored to be here,” said Staff Sgt. Tamari Lewis, noncommissioned officer in charge of 45th Sust. Bde. training. “They consider it networking, but to me, it’s more coaching and teaching that I am definitely going to put in my bag of knowledge to pass on to everyone that I come in contact with — civilian, enlisted and officers — throughout the military.”

The first day of the symposium, led by Halstead, focused on professional development. Akin directed the second day, which concentrated on how leaders can positively influence sustainment organizations.

Akin summed up the symposium’s goal when she said leveraging sustainment organizations is a way to ensure that the operational readiness and sustainment training allow military forces to be prepared for all types of contingency operations. The point of the event seemed to hit home for many participants.

“Listening to both generals and the people who have come to enlighten us with all their knowledge … I feel very proud to wear this uniform,” said Sgt. 1st Class Keneidra Hargrove, NCOIC of the 524th Combat Service Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Bde. Human Resource staff. “I feel very blessed to be a part of something bigger than myself and to be part of an excellent team.”

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