NEWS | Nov. 8, 2012

Team Charleston attends Logistics Officer Association Symposium

By 2nd Lt. Andrea Gehrman 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Members from the 628th Air Base Wing and 437th Airlift Wing recently attended the Logistics Officer Association Symposium in Washington, D.C.

The Logistics Officer Association Symposium is an organization comprised of more than 3,000 military officers and civilians in logistics fields around the globe. LOA membership opportunities include all logistics officers, to include the Air Force Specialty Codes of 21A, aircraft maintenance, 21M, munitions maintenance, and 21R, logistics readiness, as well as logistics professionals from other military services.

The purpose of LOA is to enhance the military logistics profession and provide an open forum to promote quality logistical support and logistics officer professional development, according to the LOA website.

Day one of the symposium featured the LOA University which included the following briefings: "Show Me the Money - Government Budget Cycle," "Life Cycle Logistics Management," "Supply Chain Management," "Lean Applied to Business Processes," "Reliability Centered Maintenance and Condition Based Maintenance," and "Logisticians in the Joint Environment."

Featured guest speakers on the second and third days of the symposium included:
· Gen. Edward Rice, Air Education and Training Command commander,
· Lt. Gen. Judith Fedder, deputy chief of staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
· Maj. Gen. John Cooper, Director of Logistics, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarter U.S. Air Force
· Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, commander, Air Force Sustainment Center
· Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash, Director for Logistics, Joint Staff
· Clyde R. Hobby, Deputy Director of Defense Logistics Agency, Logistics Operations.
The 11 Joint Base Charleston officers in attendance also completed a briefing to all LOA members at their October monthly LOA meeting.

"The event was one of the best LOA events I've attended since my membership began in 2000," said Maj. Christopher Carmichael, 437th Aerial Port Squadron commander and the current Globemaster Chapter president. "Additionally, the LOA University took the symposium to the next level of logistics professional development. It was by far the best part of the event."

The Charleston Globemaster LOA Chapter highly encourages civilian membership - both officer equivalent federal employees and private sector civilians who are members of military-related civilian organizations.

For more information on LOA membership, contact 2nd Lt. Daniel Musleve at 963-3156.