Logistics leaders discuss way ahead in Asia-Pacific
CAMP KINSER, OKINAWA, Japan -- Commanding officers and senior enlisted advisors with 3rd Marine Logistics Group gathered for a two-day commander’s conference June 10-11 at the Surfside on Camp Kinser.
The conference focused on matters pertaining to mission readiness, and communicating the 3rd MLG commander’s intent on its role in the III Marine Expeditionary Force mission. During the conference, commanders discussed ways to further promote morale within their Marines and sailors, improvements in training, and ways to improve overall leadership across the group .
“This conference is a great way to bring all of the commanders and senior enlisted together to talk about the issues which affect our personnel, our mission and our equipment,” said Brig. Gen. Niel E. Nelson, a Genoa, Nevada native and the commanding general of 3rd MLG, III MEF. “We’ve changed the training plan to be more aggressive in field training environments, so they are ready to go out the door when called.”
This is the second year in a row the conference was held, according to Maj. Valerie N. Kyzar, the staff secretary for the 3rd MLG commanding general.
“After this conference, everybody will be on the same page and completely understand Brig. Gen. Nelson’s intent for the future of the (MLG),” said Kyzar, a Denver, Colorado native. “It gives the opportunity for the commanders to meet with each other face to face. Unit cohesiveness is what it is really about.”
The conference is essential because the subordinate units of 3rd MLG are spread across Okinawa, mainland Japan and Hawaii, according to Sgt. Maj. Tamara L. Fode, a Brooksville, Florida native and the sergeant major of 3rd MLG.
“It’s a good opportunity for commands from other locations to come here and participate in events on Okinawa that they wouldn’t normally be able to participate in,” said Fode. “Bringing (the leaders here) allows them to know that they are part of the team even though they are far away.”
The conference benefitted the leadership of the 3rd MLG by providing the opportunity to talk with the commanding general and ask questions about current and future goals, according to Kyzar.
“It’s not about legacy, it’s about moving forward,” said Kyzar. “From where we were a year ago, to where we are now and to where he wants to see us in the future.”