USTRANSCOM Commander visit

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

USTRANSCOM Commander visit

Last week we hosted General Stephen Lyons, the commander of U.S. Transportation Command, welcoming him at our all-hands call then touring a surge sealift ship.

It was insightful to hear his thoughts on the current operating environment, as well as his perspective on leading a joint force team. General Lyons summarized U.S. Transportation Command priorities:

– Warfighter readiness;

– Cyber domain mission assurance;

– Evolve for tomorrow;

– Data culture, cloud computing and IT portfolio optimization; and

– Take care of the troops.

He reinforced the important role that MSC plays in supporting the USTRANSCOM mission of projecting and sustaining the Joint Force in support of national objectives. He cautioned that we must recognize and operate knowing that our competitors are using every domain to disrupt our ability to deploy and sustain our nation’s war fighting capability.

During his remarks and the question and answer period, he addressed areas we must focus on so that we are ready, today and in the future, to support the joint warfighter. Some of the highlights of this discussion included:

– As NAVTRANS we have a command and control responsibility. We must stay focused on secure and resilient communications. The recent Turbo Challenge 19 exercise provided valuable lessons on how MSC will have to command and control during an operation;

– Sealift recapitalization is a priority. We have made progress educating others about the need for urgency in implementing the recapitalization strategy;

– Sealift, aerial refueling and cyber resiliency are three top programs that compete for limited resources;

– The Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise will always have a mix of civilian, contractor and military personnel. This one team model has proved successful time and time again at projecting and sustaining the Joint Force;

– Increasing demands and increasing complexity of the operating environment requires fast learning and innovation which is often found at the component level and below; and

– We must focus on data, cloud computing and the security of our networks.

I found his final words thought-provoking as he emphasized the need for “resiliency and flexibility” in what we do. He noted that these two attributes assist in projecting and sustaining the Joint Force, and at the same time create dilemmas for our adversaries. We must continue to incorporate resiliency and flexibility in our networks, work processes, communications and plans.

After the all-hands call, General Lyons toured USNS Yano. This ship visit provided an opportunity to discuss the current state of our sealift ships with a focus on class-wide maintenance and readiness issues.

General Lyons offered generous praise for our people and everything we do at MSC to support the U.S. Navy and U.S. Transportation Command.

Thank you to the entire MSC team for the work you do each day and your service to our nation.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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