By CourtesyAugust 10, 2018
Julie A. Frederick
AMCOM Public and Congressional Affairs
Renee Mosher recently left her position as the acting Executive Director of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Logistics Center, and on July 22 began a new chapter in her civilian career as a member of the Senior Executive Service at the Army Materiel Command.
After two fast-paced years and three positions within ALC, the Army recently announced that she will be joining the SES ranks as the new director of the Army Materiel Command's G-3/4 Logistics Integration Directorate.
"I'm so excited, and this is a huge honor," Mosher said. "I've been with the AMCOM Logistics Center since 2016, and have had three different positions since I started. It has been a great experience."
Mosher was working in the AMC G-3/4 when she was approached in 2016 about the open Supply Chain Management Director position at ALC. Even though it was not an opportunity she had ever considered before, she decided to take a chance on a new experience.
"When I came to AMCOM I had no idea what to expect," Mosher said, "the last two years have provided me with a huge amount of experience to take back to the headquarters. Between learning the nuances of the supply chain, the depots, the management of the partnership with DLA... it is just critical and amazing the level of work they do here in the Logistics Center."
Since May of 2017, Mosher has served as the Executive Director of the ALC through a Senior Enterprise Talent Management program placement. During her tenure, she has been responsible for implementing and supporting the AMCOM Campaign Plan's first line of effort: to achieve sustainable materiel readiness to meet the Army's requirements. She has worked to put battle-rhythm events and processes into place that support the initiative. She has worked to find the right balance with the ALC workforce, depots, and industry partners needed to meet AMCOM's intent.
"The experience and knowledge that I have gained of the processes here will absolutely be useful in the job that I am taking when I go up to the headquarters," she said. "I am still going to be involved in that number one line of effort, I am just going to be looking at it from the headquarters perspective. With the lessons I've learned and information I've gained, I'll be able to take that to AMC and not only help AMCOM but all the major subordinate commands. I'll better understand the challenges they are up against more so than I would if I had not had this opportunity and this position."
Mosher credits the solid experience and knowledge of the ALC workforce for providing her insight into the eye-opening level of detail and management that is required to successfully accomplish the Army's sustainment and maintenance mission. She is proud of the workforce and their dedication to the mission.
"One of the things that has impressed me is the great people here. They don't just give you 100 percent, they give you 110 percent every day. They truly get it... they understand what the mission is about and they just do it."
As the Army, AMC and AMCOM look to the future, it has become an imperative to be able to clearly articulate how an organization directly impacts the Army and the Soldier in the fight. As the Army's primary integrator for sustainment and maintenance of aviation and missile systems, the ALC is at the forefront of those conversations. For Mosher, tackling the day-to-day planning and implementation of meeting operational supply availability needs broadened her in ways she did not expect.
"Working here, I have gained a better understanding that there is more to this than just managing a part. There are a lot of other influencing factors and you have to understand those pieces and the criticality of what we do here at AMCOM," she said. "All the [major subordinate commands] have their nuances like that. I think coming here is going to help me look at mission sets differently."
Throughout her time with ALC, the importance of communication has been one of her primary messages to the workforce. She has encouraged her team to focus on the "why" they are doing what they do every day. It is important to understand that when decisions have to be made quickly that the impact of second- and third-order effects are considered, as well as who else needs to know.
According to Mosher, people need to get out, talk, communicate and ask questions.
"That is one thing that I focus on when I have had my town hall [meetings], understanding why we are being asked to do the things we are being asked to do. It is not to make their lives more difficult. It is to get after supporting the warfighter, and there should not be any doubt about that.
"This is not just another task. They have to understand the deeper mission and intent of what we have been asked to do," she said. "If we don't produce output at the depot, then what is the impact to the supply chain?"
That is the one aspect of her time with AMCOM that she wants to carry forward with her to AMC, the focus on open and continuous communication. Taking the lessons she has learned from AMCOM to the headquarters, and growing it further through open dialogue with the other agencies to help better understand their concerns in executing the campaign plan that AMC set out.
"I want to work to bring all the [life-cycle management commands] in and have that communication aspect where we gain a better understanding of their concerns. Come at it with a more enterprise approach. I had no idea the scope of responsibility of a logistics center. It's amazing the level and scope of responsibility and influence that these commands have. It's a big mission and I am going to be able to take back with me to the headquarters and share those perspectives."
Mosher began her civil service career in 1989 in Heilbronn, Germany. Throughout her 29 year career, she has held numerous positions with the Army and around the world. Her education achievements include a Bachelor of Business Degree from Campbell University; a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), National Defense University; the Senior Executive Fellowship Course, Harvard University; Acquisition Corps Membership; and successful completion of Senior Service School.