Naval Reserve Supply Community workshop features transformation and relevancy as theme

Naval Reserve Supply Community workshop features transformation and relevancy as theme

Steve Ferris

The Naval Reserve Supply Community will sponsor its annual workshop from June 4-6, 2004, in Athens, Ga., and feature as its theme, “Bringing Home Change: Transformation and Relevancy for the Supply Reserve Force.” The workshop will be held in the newly expanded Athens Classic Center, located in the heart of downtown Athens.

RDML Tom Andrews, SC, USNR, is the flag sponsor for the workshop. CAPT Steve Ethridge, SC, USNR, and CAPT Tom Welke, SC, USNR, will serve as co-chairmen of the event. The workshop will include remarks by RADM Justin D. McCarthy, Chief of the Supply Corps, concerning how broader Navy transformational initiatives will impact the Navy Supply Corps and the nature of Reserve utilization.

Other scheduled speakers include Thomas F. Hall, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs; VADM John G. Cotton, USNR, Commander of the Naval Reserve Force; and Maj. Gen. C. D. Pair, USAR, Chief Staff Officer, U.S. Transportation Command.

These speakers will address issues of military transformation from DoD, service and customer perspectives. Several Supply Corps flag officers will lead breakout sessions for the three broad Supply Corps career fields–Acquisition, Operational Logistics, and Supply Chain Management.

RDML Andrews and his committee have structured the workshop to achieve four broad goals. The first is to provide a forum where events impacting current defense and naval logistics can be discussed.

Secondly, the workshop will seek to challenge senior supply officers to respond to and implement the various transformational initiatives in a way that enhances logistical effectiveness.

Third, the 2004 workshop seeks to encourage junior officers and enlisted personnel to think in terms of career paths rather than a sequence of billets and assignments.

Finally, the workshop will provide DoD, Naval Reserve and Navy Supply Corps leadership with an opportunity to communicate their vision concerning how transformational initiatives will influence the evolution of naval logistics and the contributions of the Reserve supply community.

A number of courses offered by the Navy Supply Corps School will also be conveniently offered during the period of June 1-12, which surrounds the workshop weekend. The course selection includes Introduction to Expeditionary Logistics, Transportation of Hazardous Materials, and Reserve Supply Management Advanced Refresher Training.

In addition to a two-day program of professional development, there will be a number of social activities. On Friday morning, June 4, there will be a golf tournament at the University of Georgia Golf Course. A down-home barbeque on Royer Square at the “schoolhouse” will be held Saturday evening, featuring live music and great southern barbeque. The annual Pappy Pawson run will be held early Sunday morning and feature a run through the scenic streets of Athens.

With the cancellation of the 2003 Workshop in Salt Lake City due to the war in Iraq, the Athens workshop will be the first one held in two years. Past workshops have enjoyed significant turnouts and have provided Reserve Supply Corps officers and the supply enlisted community with a one-of-a-kind forum for the exchange of ideas and interaction, which has become so important in this era of rapid transformation.

This year, we are inviting a number of active component supply officers who deal with Reserves and Reserve issues on a consistent basis to join us for the workshop. The addition of these active component officers to the mix should add another dimension and perspective to the workshop that we have not enjoyed before.

Considering all the opportunities awaiting our community in Athens this year, we strongly encourage all supply officers and supply community enlisted personnel to consider the workshop as a priority for calendar year 2004.

Interested personnel can register online at www.readyforsea.org. Information about Athens, a tentative workshop program, and links to various hotels in Athens are also contained on the web site. Consider registering early to take advantage of the “early bird” discount.

“Come on home” to Athens for this great event.

Commander Steve Ferris, SC, USNR Operations Officer, Commander Naval Forces Korea Det D (St. Louis)

CDR Steve Ferris’ previous Reserve assignments include Cargo Handling Battalion 13, U.S. Transportation Command, and FISC Yokosuka. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is currently enrolled in the U.S. Army War College’s distant education program.

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