US, German leaders learn logistics, innovation lessons from private sector
By Mr. William B King (2nd Signal Brigade)April 13, 2017
WIESBADEN, Germany -- U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 2nd Signal Brigade, 5th Signal Command (Theater), and German Soldiers assigned to the Bundeswehr's 282nd CIS Battalion gathered for a leader development offsite event and tour of the DHL Innovation Center in Troisdorf, Germany, April 11, 2017.Maj. Daniel Canchola, 102nd Signal Battalion executive officer, said the goal of the visit was to tie in discussion topics from the unit's previous brown bag lunches, including information technology metrics, supply chain management and logistics, into an offsite learning event.Participants saw firsthand how the company is working to develop innovative solutions in the private sector through DHL's Resilience360 tool and discussed how similar solutions could be applied to the U.S. and German armies, and specifically their units and mission."The DHL (Resilience)360 tool analyzes risk to shipments from various events, including natural disasters, traffic and weather delays. As an organization we can apply this type of analysis to our mission of (IT) service delivery," Canchola said.He said the brigade's professional development program pushes Soldiers and leaders to look to the private sector to understand how the military can most effectively leverage innovation in information technology, management and analysis to support service delivery."Each event assists our leadership to find different ways to integrate civilian organizations, current trends and historical examples into our current mission," Canchola said."We need to continue pushing the envelope and pursue new and innovative ways of solving our challenges," said Col. Jeff Worthington, commander of 2nd Signal Bde.One of the German Soldiers led participants on a tour of nearby Cologne, including the cathedral, Roman gate and historic downtown areas. Located at the meeting point of several roads, Cologne has been an important logistical hub and trade center since Roman times.The 102nd Signal Bn. and the 282nd CIS Bn. are designated partner units and have conducted several social and training events during the past few years. Canchola said the offsite was an opportunity to build upon their existing relationship and to discuss opportunities for future training events.---2nd Signal Brigade builds, operates and defends Mission Command System and networks to support unified action anytime, anywhere.