8th TSC builds readiness through relationships

| February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Command Sgt. Maj. Jacinto Garza, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s senior enlisted leader, stressed the importance of building relationships during the Joint Senior Enlisted Logistics Forum Jan. 31, 2018 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The JSELF brought senior enlisted logistics leaders from all services together to enhance relationships in order to better organize joint capabilities. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Behlin)

Story and photos by
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Behlin
8th Theater Sustainment Command
Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Senior enlisted logistics leaders across Oahu gathered, here, Jan. 31, for a Joint Senior Enlisted Logistics Forum.

Hosted by the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the JSELF brought senior enlisted logistics leaders from all services together to enhance relationships in order to better organize joint capabilities.

Throughout the forum, participants received capability briefings from the 8th TSC’s Support Operations section and the 545th Transportation Company, and toured the Logistics Support Vessel 4 Lt. Gen. William B. Bunker.

Spc. Yulin Ge, a watercraft operator with the 545th Transportation Company, briefs attendees of the Joint Senior Enlisted Logistics Forum aboard the Logistics Support Vessel 4 Lt. Gen. William B. Bunker January 31, 2018 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The JSELF brought senior enlisted logistics leaders from all services together to enhance relationships in order to better organize joint capabilities. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Behlin)

Leading the way for the 8th TSC was Command Sgt. Maj. Jacinto Garza, the 8th TSC’s senior enlisted leader, who felt the JSELF was an excellent opportunity to build relationships and share information.

“I believe that it’s critical and important to the NCO Corps that we educate ourselves on our sister services’ capabilities,” said Garza. “Maj. Gen. (Susan) Davidson and I always talk about the importance of the first principle of sustainment, which is integration. In this particular case, I think integrating our sister services, making sure we can communicate and establishing relationships, is key to future battles, future combat.”

Attending the JSELF were key senior enlisted logistics leaders from all services across Oahu.

With the joint audience, much of the discussion centered on Multi-Domain Battle, or MDB, which entails collaboration and integration of comprehensive effects and enablers. The rapid pace of modern conflict requires a mission command construct that includes common networks, tools and knowledge products. With MDB, it is important that all military services work together to build a cohesive, joint force.

MDB requires flexible and resilient ground formations that project combat power into the land, air, maritime, space and cyberspace domains and the electromagnetic spectrum.

“I think this was a great event because I always believed in synergies of effort,” said Senior Master Sgt. Lindell Johnson. “With multi-domain battle, it’s essential that we are all working together to know how logistics operations are happening within the Pacific area of responsibility.”
8th TSC supports U.S. Army-Pacific (USARPAC) efforts based on the developing concept, which includes adding cyber, space and sea into land-component exercises, requiring Army officers and noncommissioned officers to coordinate operations across domains with sister-service liaisons.

Attendees of the of the Joint Senior Enlisted Logistics Forum, receive a tour of the control room for the Logistics Support Vessel 4 Lt. Gen. William B. Bunker January 31, 2018 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Hosted by the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the JSELF brought senior enlisted logistics leaders from all services together to enhance relationships in order to better organize joint capabilities. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Behlin)

Key amongst the JSELF’s capabilities briefings was the 8th TSC’s Support Operations section. The 8th TSC’s largest section, the SPO serves as the focal point for coordination on all matters pertaining to sustainment for supported units and major commands. The SPO manages the theater distribution network linking the strategic and operational levels of logistics operations.

Representing the SPO during the JSELF was several of its branches, to include the sustainment automation systems management office branch (SASMO) and support operations distribution integration branch. Throughout the capabilities brief, each section explained to the joint audience its role within logistics to the 8th TSC and the 9,000-mile wide Pacific area of responsibility.

“Anything that comes to the SPO, goes through the distribution integration branch first,” said Master Sgt. Nicole Morris, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the 8th TSC’s distribution integration branch. “What we do is take key events from our branches, roll it into one report, then have representatives that brief the information to our commanding general.”

Overall, Garza said he was pleased with the participation and dialogue from the JSELF. He said it was key for the services to come together and discuss how each performed logistics operations in order to better work together in the future.

“One of the keys to today’s forum was the importance of building relationships and sharing information,” he said. “If we ever had to operate together, it would create a smoother transition into joint operations.”

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