Leadership Symposium

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Leadership Symposium

Last week we hosted the MSC Leadership Symposium, bringing together our Senior Executive Service team, Area Commanders, Detachment OICs, Program Managers, N-code Directors, Masters and Chief Engineer representatives, and others charged with leading the MSC enterprise.

The theme for the conference was “solidify gains and press forward.” The symposium provided a valuable opportunity to gather MSC leaders together to align and synchronize our current actions, make any needed course corrections, and depart with a common understanding of the intended path to bring us to our destination. We recognized our accomplishments over the past year, tracked our on-going objectives, and positioned the command to make possible next year’s aspirations.

Topic areas for the symposium included: Comprehensive Review, headquarters reorganization and transformation, afloat leadership selection board process, training readiness, Area Command updates, and leveling briefs from the force development, force generation, and force employment teams.

We received perspective from higher headquarters, Gen. Darren McDew, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, and Adm. Chris Grady, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces, as well as from the Honorable Mark Buzby, Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration. These leaders provided valuable insight into how MSC is delivering services to meet customer needs and areas we need to focus on to ensure the best alignment with the Navy, joint warfighters, and government agency partners.

While we studied and conversed on many topics throughout the week, a common thread tied all the discussions together. There is acknowledgment that while we have a competitive advantage in maritime logistics today our lead is narrowing, and we need to move faster at making changes that will position us to remain relevant and essential in the future operating environment.

The deliberate work the command has been doing in the areas of training wholeness, holistic readiness, capability alignment and experimental learning are designed to propel us forward, reduce capability gaps, and put us on that path to achieve relevance into the future.

Thank you to the commanders and staff who participated in the leadership symposium. The prepared briefings, problem-solving breakout sessions, assisted discussions, and administrative support contributed to the success of the event.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command


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