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Logistics Command hosts Commander’s Conference

By Compiled by The Emblem Staff | | January 27, 2011

The commanding general of Marine Corps Logistics Command hosted a Commander’s Conference Jan. 11-14 at the Major S. P. “Swede” Hansen Officers’ Club/Conference Center. Maj. Gen. James A. Kessler conducted the conference to bring together staff members and supporting activities to gain awareness of strategic initiatives affecting Logistics Command.

Commanders, sergeants major, directors, deputy directors and key staff from Logistics Command headquarters and its subordinate commands; Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Fla.; Maintenance Center Albany and Maintenance Center Barstow, Calif., as well as commanders from both MCLB Albany and MCLB Barstow attended the conference.

The commanders of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Barstow were in attendance to gain awareness of issues and events affecting Logistics Command. As the largest tenant aboard both MCLB Albany and MCLB Barstow, Kessler wanted to include the bases’ commanding officers in the discussions to ensure a comprehensive and collaborative approach to accomplishing Logistics Command’s mission today and in the future.

The commanding general opened the topics with a discussion of significant issues facing the Marine Corps today. He highlighted the challenges of ensuring Logistics Command’s No. 1 priority — “sustainment support to the current fight in Operation Enduring Freedom,” while balancing the many initiatives and issues the Marine Corps faces in positioning to meet future requirements.

In addition to senior leader breakout groups engaging in strategic level discussions, attendees received briefs on key topics and the commanders provided their State of Command briefs.

“It’s a conference that’s held twice a year and its an opportunity for the general to get all of his commanders and staff together to discuss the way ahead for Logistics Command — where we are, where we’re going and where we want to be,” said Debbie Mixon, management analyst, Logistics Command. “Each conference has different discussion topics.”

While attendees participated in the Commander’s Conference, their spouses conducted family readiness training throughout the week. Topics included a Logistics Command overview; Marine and Family Services, Exceptional Family Program, New Parent Support, Family Advocacy, School Liaison Education and Spouse Transition Program briefs.

During the conference, Kessler also presented the 2010 Continuous Process Improvement Excellence Award from the Commandant of the Marine Corps to Maintenance Center Albany for the best organization-wide deployment of CPI in a field command. Col. Terry W. Reid, commander, and Sgt. Maj. Conrad Potts, accepted the award on behalf of the MCA.

At the conclusion of the Commander’s Conference, Kessler provided his vision and gave guidance to all participants to remain proactive in maintaining the momentum and about taking actions to capitalize on the discussions and the recommendations that were developed.