Defense Logistics Agency and DLA Energy senior leaders discussed the primary-level field activity’s operations during DLA Energy’s Annual Operating Plan Review at the McNamara Headquarters Complex March 18.
Leaders from across DLA Energy briefed DLA Director Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek on the major strategic and operational objectives the organization is working on.
“We were able to showcase our organization to our headquarters’ senior leaders and demonstrate how we support the warfighter, as well as support all of our customers despite fiscally challenging times,” DLA Energy Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Giovanni Tuck said.
Topics discussed during the briefing included DLA Energy’s portion of Harnitchek’s “Big Ideas” for cost savings, strategic topics, small business and the Healthy Base Initiative.
The discussion on strategic topics featured updates on DLA Energy’s Enterprise Business Systems Energy Convergence, the agency’s efforts toward audit readiness, Captains of Industry meetings, commercial tank maintenance, continental U.S. disaster relief, and the Pacific Support Initiative.
The Pacific Support Initiative is currently in Phase 2, and DLA Energy is coordinating with U.S. Pacific Command and the military services to expediently add new international agreements and contingency contracts while enhancing existing contracts. DLA Energy leaders are leveraging information from tabletop exercises, as well as from other events to enhance customer support capabilities in the USPACOM area of operations.
Personnel from DLA Energy’s Small Business office briefed Harnitchek on their fiscal 2014 initiatives: The short-term initiative is a waiver of the non-manufacturer rule; the medium-term initiative is vendor outreach; and the long-term initiative is a size standard initiative. The short-, medium- and long-term initiatives will help DLA Energy meet its goal of awarding 21.3 percent of all DLA Energy contracts to small businesses.
Harnitchek was also briefed on DLA Energy’s involvement in the Healthy Base Initiative and the organization’s continued partnership with DLA Headquarters in HBI. DLA Energy supports five DLA HBI events: bike share, go for green, smarter food movement, stairwells to health, and the farmers market. DLA Energy leaders will continue to emphasize and publicize the Wellness and Fitness Program.
“The director was very pleased with everything that we discussed during the review, and he complemented DLA Energy for the hard work and dedication it takes to run a global enterprise,” Tuck said after the review. “Every day our workforce shows how committed they are to our mission by giving it everything they have.”
Harnitchek also recognized the achievements of eight DLA Energy employees with coins during the review.
Mike Broderick, George Atwood, Jean Blackburn, Gabby Earhardt and Air Force Col. Steve Kephart were recognized for their directorates’ efforts in working toward the elimination of overdue payments resulting from the recent Energy Convergence rollouts.
Bruce Blank and Linda Barnett were recognized for their work as deputy directors in Customer and Supplier Operations on Jet A fuel conversion. Working closely with their service customers through service control points, DLA Energy leaders put together a plan to expedite the conversion of the 381 continental U.S. locations.
Army Col. Pete Crean was recognized for leading a technical assistance visit team to Iraq in support of the Office of Security Cooperation–Iraq, where the team visited various Iraqi military locations and services to recommend areas of focus for improved training and equipping of Iraqi forces.
DLA Energy Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Giovanni Tuck (right) briefs DLA Director Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek on the primary-level field activity’s operations during DLA Energy’s Annual Operating Plan Review at the McNamara Headquarters Complex March 18. Photo by Jonathan Stack