By Don Jarosz, TACOM Public AffairsAugust 31, 2018
DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. -- U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Commander Maj. Gen. Daniel Mitchell spoke on August 28 at the Detroit Arsenal to a packed house of TACOM teammates for his first town hall meeting.
Industrial artisans, senior logisticians and business analysts from TACOM locations nationally also participated in the town hall via teleconference.
As Mitchell opened the town hall meeting, he said that taking command of TACOM "is an honor and a privilege," and "a lot of responsibility."
Mitchell talked about his top priority, delivering readiness, and how TACOM is working to increase supply availability by building the depth, breadth and velocity of the global ground and support systems supply chain.
"Our job is to be good at our job," said Mitchell, as he explained that TACOM is critical to supporting Army readiness. "So when Soldiers order a part they get it, the part they required. It's that simple."
Mitchell said his command philosophy comes directly from the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. He said, "make them work for you … they will come alive."
Following Mitchell's talk, Joseph Moscone, U.S. Army Garrison Detroit Arsenal garrison manager, gave a lessons learned talk about the strengths and areas for improvement for the June 19-20, 2018 all-hazards, full-scale exercise.
Moscone said that the exercise revealed many of the Detroit Arsenal's strengths, including how it effectively utilized the Mass Notification Systems to notify personnel, developed outstanding partnerships with outside agencies, and how the Emergency Family Assistance Center provided support.
"The exercise was very successful and we learned a lot as we scored a lot of points with our outside agencies," Moscone stated. "We pride ourselves with working right alongside with local law enforcement and fire department agencies."
Moscone explained that the exercise also revealed areas for improvement, including the need for emergency reaction training for employees annually and a formal policy or plan to establish and operate a Joint Information Center.
"I am very impressed of what you have done and I thank you for all you do," said Mitchell in his closing remarks. He ended by saying, "What you do is very important."
TACOM's nearly 20,000 highly skilled and uniquely qualified professionals around the world are critical to supporting Army readiness. The personal commitment of TACOM's workforce ensures our men and women in uniform receive the support they need and deserve.
TACOM's Integrated Logistics Support Center facilitates warfighting readiness for U.S. forces by executing repair parts planning and supply chain management for over 3,500 weapon systems. These systems form the core of America's ground combat capability. When the force needs critical readiness driver components delivered, whether at home or abroad, it depends on TACOM.
TACOM's six arsenals, manufacturing centers and depots manufacture and reset ground and support equipment, generating readiness and operational capability throughout Army formations as part of the Army's Organic Industrial Base. When the force needs equipment or parts manufactured, repaired, upgraded or modernized, industrial artisans from the Army's OIB deliver.
The Detroit Arsenal, home to TACOM headquarters, is the only active-duty U.S. Army installation in the tri-state (Michigan, Ohio and Indiana) area. Detroit Arsenal and its 7,500 Michigan-based personnel contribute billions of dollars in economic impact to the state's economy each year.