MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- Approximately 50 people attended a training luncheon coinciding with the visit of a special guest hosted by the Materiel Command Executive Director, R. Ken Trammell at the Base Restaurant March 25.
The Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, Headquarters Marine Corps, Carla Liberatore, was the guest speaker at the event.
Liberatore is the mentor and senior executive for the logistics community, which is one of the reasons she was asked to speak, said Trammell.
Liberatore addressed concerns about the Department of Defense's aging civilian workforce.
"A lot of us are going to be eligible to retire within the next few years," said Liberatore, who felt that hiring a new employee is an unnecessarily lengthy process.
Liberatore said that the DoD is working toward bringing new employees into its civilian workforce. She also discussed civilian career development tracks.
According to Liberatore, civilian employees need a career development plans similar to that available to Marines.
"We need to work together to have single career development paths," said Liberatore.
Liberatore also spoke of the importance of having a diverse and broad background.
According to Liberatore, civilian employees need to learn as many areas of their particular field as possible and to experience as many duty stations as possible, just as their uniformed counterparts do.
"You need to understand the whole spectrum," explained Liberatore.
Liberatore also answered questions from the audience.
Liberatore's career began as an industrial engineer at the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, N.Y., and broadened to include assignments with the Air Force, the Defense Logistics Agency, the Defense Contract Management Agency, and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), before taking her current assignment as the Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, United States Marine Corps.