Ford Island, Hawaii -- Signal leaders and professionals from across the Asia-Pacific region converged on Oahu for the 311th Signal Command's fourth semi-annual Project Synchronization Review and G6/S6 workshop at the Navy Lodge here, Apr. 27-29.
"This is our fourth PSR and over the last two years we have grown tremendously," said Brig. Gen. Lawrence Brock III, 311th SC(T) Commander. "In this time of shrinking budgets, this is the forum in which you get to discuss your projects and your priorities."
"I've attended every 311th/G6 PSR since becoming the USFK/J6 in 2014, and wouldn't want to miss it," said Air Force Col. Kevin Payne, J6, U.S. Forces, Korea, during the third PSR, 3-6 Nov 2015. "It has been the best meeting for fellow Communicators to collaborate, prioritize and develop solutions for advancing C4I initiatives across the region."
Designed to achieve the most synergy possible during the limited days together, the three-day event kicks off with the PSR, led by the 311th Signal Command (Theater) for the first two days, followed by a one-day G6/S6 workshop led by the U.S. Army Pacific G6 team.
"The purpose of the PSR is to provide key stakeholders an update on project planning efforts, create a shared understanding of project status, enable stakeholders to provide feedback to decision makers, and highlight possible funding issues or deficiencies," said Albert "Charles" Saunders, IT Program Manager, 311th SC (T), G35. "The opportunity to socialize Pacific requirements in person with the senior enablers is exciting to me as an action officer in the Pacific theater."
Saunders said the PSR came about to draw focus on a significant number of validated theater requirements that had been circulating for years as line items on a spreadsheet for senior decision makers. By bringing key leaders together to focus solely on Signal operations in the Pacific, the command's first PSR hosted in Korea proved to be very effective, and each PSR since has resulted in significant support.
"The PSR3 conference was very productive, both in building relationships with distant partners, and improving our understanding of one another's projects and priorities," said Col. Don Willadsen, Co-Chair, C4I Working Group. "It felt not as if we were in competition, but that we were helping one another understand our challenges and identifying opportunities to gain efficiencies by solving similar problems together."
"As joint and Army communicators, much of our effort is spent on system interoperability to build a better network to enable the warfighter," Willadsen said, "In conferences like the PSR, we improve our human interoperability to build better partnerships that we require to achieve that goal."