NDTA and USTRANSCOM Conduct 2018 Annual Fall Meeting

Dec 1, 2018 | Defense Transportation Journal

By USTRANSCOM Public Affairs

Originally published on www.dvidshub.net October 23, 2018

Members from the National Defense Transportation Association and US Transportation Command addressed challenges facing the Nation’s defense transportation logistics enterprise at the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall meeting, Gaylord National Harbor conference center in Washington, DC.

This year’s theme, “Delivering Readiness and Resiliency in an Unpredictable World,” was the topic of speeches, meetings, and panels during the four-day conference. The conference invited leadership, decision makers, and members from national security and logistics, personnel, passenger travel, and cyber resources, from military, government, and industry to come together for networking and synchronizing in support of the warfighter. Panels and roundtables were held on topics such as coordination of resource transportation during Joint deployments and the private transportation industry’s role in achieving national transportation goals.

“This is a premier event for dialogue among those with a stake in the defense transportation system…” said Marine LtGen John Broadmeadow, Deputy Commander, USTRANSCOM, during the event. The Fall Meeting “is an opportunity for dialogue with members throughout the entire enterprise. Let’s use this time to ask the hard questions and offer innovative ideas.”

New to this year’s conference was a planned senior enlisted roundtable: “Logistics and Transportation at the Deck Plates—Readiness Challenges for Tomorrow’s Empowered and Agile Workforce.” The roundtable is intended to stimulate dialog between senior enlisted and other military members regarding important transportation issues.

“When we have an opportunity to have open and honest dialog with our workforce, we’re certainly going to take it,” said Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Matthew Caruso, Senior Enlisted Leader, USTRANSCOM.

“We are going to focus on lethality and having ensured our workforce is prepared to meet tomorrow’s challenges…” said Caruso. “The NDS [National Defense Strategy] points out that the workforce of tomorrow must be improved and shaped deliberately, this is both the workforce on the military side and our partners with industry. We have to prepare for a more complex environment.”