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    364th ESC command teams, senior staff collaborate in Senior Leader Workshop

    364th ESC command teams, staff collaborate in senior leader workshop

    Photo By Maj. Maryjane Porter | U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers Master Sgt. To'oa Toilolo, Maj. Maria McDougal, Sgt. 1st...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Maryjane Porter 

    364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command

    EVERETT NAVAL STATION, Wash.- A dining out event capped off a busy yet successful week for the 364th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). More than 130 senior leaders and key staff members from subordinate units in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah, traveled to the one-star command headquarters in Marysville to attend this year’s Yearly Training Brief and Senior Leader Workshop.

    The goal was to provide U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Stuart Werner, who took command of the 364th ESC in December 2019, the opportunity to communicate directly with his subordinate command teams, ensuring shared understanding and alignment with Army and 364th ESC priorities in a setting conducive to dialogue, focusing on building and sustaining readiness.

    “The intent is to inform and educate unit command teams about current issues impacting the readiness of our formations, and to share best practices and challenges associated with these issues in order to find solutions that lead to improvements,” said Werner, adding that a benefit to this forum is the ability for leaders to build relationships across the unit boundaries and develop comradery amongst the teams.

    Werner also emphasized, as a key take away for the group, the need for command teams to understand how to better identify available resources, leverage those resources, and subsequently gain efficiencies and effectiveness in pursuing improved readiness.

    “There are often times a disconnect between messages sent through regular channels and messages received by subordinate unit commanders. The direct interaction between subordinate unit commanders and the headquarters staff provides for unfiltered dialogue that better informs the processes, challenges and expectations for the team writ large,” added the commanding general.

    Master Sgt. To’oa Toilolo, Mobilization Non-Commissioned Officer In-Charge with the 364th ESC, echoed the importance of bringing everyone together in one place to address critical issues and solutions affecting command priorities.

    “It’s one thing to address issues over the phone or through IPRs, but having face-to-face and direct conversations with teams you’re supporting goes a long way to effectively and efficiently get the job done,” she said.

    “It boils down to ensuring that we all have this shared understanding of command priorities focused on building and sustaining readiness,” added Toilolo, a native of Pago Pago, American Samoa.

    Day 1 focused on presentations from primary and personal staff and follow-on group discussions with subordinate command teams. Collaboration centered on building and sustaining readiness, highlighting opportunities for integrating other elements that are mutually beneficial, and identifying opportunities for increased collaboration that ultimately lead to improved readiness.

    Speakers for the first day included representatives from G1 on personnel and medical readiness, G3/5/7 on current and future operations and training readiness, G4 on logistics and maintenance readiness, G8 on budget and fund management, SPO on simulation capabilities, SJA on legal review processes and PAO on social media, media relations, community engagement and the UPAR program.

    Day 2, however, focused on Holistic Soldier Readiness, during which special programs representatives from SHARP, Chaplain, Safety and Family Programs spoke about their individual programs in supporting Soldiers and Family Readiness.

    “It was important for us to create an atmosphere that brings the command teams together, establishing and strengthening relationships and allowing formal and informal networking,” said Maj. Maria McDougal, Deputy SPO. In fact, McDougal and her SPO team were in charge of planning and coordinating this year’s events.

    The dedication of workshop planners and coordinators in making this year's event a success did not go unnoticed, as the commanding general thanked the SPO team for their hard work in putting together a successful SLW and dining out, and the G3/5/7 team for the YTB.

    Brig. Gen. Werner also acknowledged brigades, battalions and companies for their commitment and enthusiasm in all that they do to ensure the 364th ESC was the best in the 79th TSC. Of special note, the 364th ESC took top honors in the 2019 Falcon Award for Excellence in Units and Soldier Readiness as the best of the four ESCs, and 96th Sustainment Brigade as the best of the 14 brigades.

    Being recognized as best of the best by their peers and higher headquarters is indicative of the long hours and attention to detail that command teams and staff members at all levels put in day in and day out. It is a reflection of who they are as professionals, with a one team, one fight mentality, working collaboratively to ensure that the job gets done.

    The 364th ESC provides trained, equipped, and ready leaders, Soldiers and cohesive units to meet global requirements across the full range of operations, supports Soldiers, civilian employees and Families, ensures stewardship of resources, engages our communities with local events, employer partnerships, and support to civil authorities.

    The 364th ESC is the smallest expeditionary command under the 79th Theater Sustainment Command but it has the greatest footprint span, with approximately 5,000 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers in more than 40 units in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming and Utah.



    Date Taken: 02.22.2020
    Date Posted: 03.04.2020 19:43
    Story ID: 364509
    Location: MARYSVILLE, WA, US 

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