Building Readiness Through Relationships

Story by SFC Michael Behlin on 02/02/2018
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii Senior enlisted logistics leaders across Oahu gathered at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam January 31, 2018 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.

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 service's 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. In attendance from organizations other than the 8th TSC were Master Gunnery Sergeant Alfredo Del Haro, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific G4 senior enlisted leader; Chief Petty Officer Gustavo Bruzual, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu; Sgt. Maj. Jerry Charles, U.S. Army Pacific G4 senior enlisted leader; Master Chief Petty Officer Salvatore Beneventano, U.S. Pacific Fleet, director, logistics, fleet supply and ordnance senior enlisted leader; Senior Chief Petty Officer Howan Olympia, director, logistics, fleet supply and ordnance; Command Sgt. Maj. Delano Talley, 402nd Army Field Support Brigade senior enlisted leader; Senior Master Sgt. Lindell Johnson, Special Operations Command Pacific, senior enlisted leader for directorate of logistics and superintendent of logistics current operations and exercises division; Chief Master Sgt. Jason Menzel, senior enlisted leader for logistics, Pacific Air Forces; Sgt. Maj. Axel Fontenot, 25th Infantry Division G4 senior enlisted leader; 1st Sgt. Dan Jones, U.S. Pacific Command; Master Sgt. Nadejda Vorobyeva-Santiago, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, contracting NCO; and Master Sgt. Della Overton, 413th Contracting Support Brigade, brigade operations sergeant major.

With the joint audience, much of the discussion centered on Multi-Domain Battle. MDB 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.

Multi-Domain Battle 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 the United States 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.

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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