Via shares philosophy, opportunities
October 4, 2012
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Oct. 4, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Materiel Command hosted the first town hall and recognition ceremony under new leadership at the Von Braun III Auditorium here, Thursday.
Gen. Dennis L. Via, Commanding General of AMC, gathered his workforce to express gratitude, share his leadership philosophy, and explain the opportunities and challenges ahead for the AMC team.
"First thing I want to tell you is thank you for what you do every day," Via said. "I want to thank you because of the accolades I receive everywhere I go. No matter where I visit, folks thank AMC for what they do, for what you do."
He expounded by saying what a great reputation AMC has everywhere he has gone and that meant AMC has earned the trust of the Soldiers they support.
Via also offered his expectations for the leaders of the command when he shared his command philosophy with the assembled crowd.
"I believe in positive leadership-- setting the conditions for success-- that's what we're paid to do. That's what I'm paid to do," said Via. "We are responsible for setting the conditions for success, come what may, and we face challenges because that is what leaders and managers do."
For those not in supervisory roles Via offered, "You can fight to get resources, but if you don't have people to execute the mission, it will not get done."
"Our people are our most valuable resource and they should be treated with individual dignity and respect. I have no tolerance for anything other than that," he continued.
First and foremost, Via stressed the importance of the Army Values.
"Character, integrity and trust, we have to have that. Good organizations become great organizations when they have those three things," Via continued.
Via also shared his initial priorities for the command, the first of which is providing support to the joint warfighter.
"We can never forget that this is the reason we exist," Via said.
The remaining are as follows: setting conditions for transitioning from war to sustainment; prioritize and balance resources; optimize AMC regional alignment wtih Combatant Commands; focus science and technology, research and development and energy investments; shape AMC to support Global Force 2020; care for and develop our workforce and emerging leaders; and optimize contracting capabilities.
Via continued by addressing the opportunities that face the Army as it transitions to having more dwell time stateside.
"We have an opportunity to sustain AMC's reputation of excellence. It took a long time to win the reputation this command has and it doesn't take a long time to lose it. We can't become complacent, that's the enemy for us. We have to remain relevant and build on that reputation every day," Via said.