By Mr. Scott Wakefield (TACOM)September 4, 2019
DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. -- The commanding general of U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Drushal, and U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command's Security Assistance Management Director, Amy Weichel conducted a town hall meeting Aug. 29 at the Detroit Arsenal.
This was the first opportunity for Drushal to visit the Security Assistance Management Directorate workforce to explain how he likes to do business, the current USASAC strategy, and his plans for the future since taking command of USASAC in July 2018.
Drushal explained that he prefers to work as a team, and he wants to work together to develop the vision to move forward. He said, "The workforce's natural creativity, drive, and sense of selfless service to provide initiatives to meet or exceed this intent," would drive that way forward.
He further stated that he was "outcome focused," and that he preferred to be the type of commander to provide the workforce with what they need to achieve mission success and get out of their way.
Drushal said, "The best information and the best initiatives flow from the bottom up." He went on to say he wanted to work on problems the workforce could not tackle by themselves, doing only what a general officer can do.
TACOM SAMD Director, Amy Weichel, also took the opportunity to speak at the town hall to explain her priorities, including posturing the unit to be successful and efficient, budget and manpower issues, and the upcoming SAMD renovation.
Weichel said, "One of the most important priorities for me is to foster a respectful, positive and professional environment."
"Building the bench" by putting the right people into the right jobs is another of Weichel's priorities. She said, "We're trying to better anticipate turnover and be able to confidently pull in qualified and trained person into the workforce."
At the end of the town hall, Drushal recognized some top performers within SAMD, including David Koch, Andrea Konon, Julia Majchrzak, Valerie Rinke, and Brian Mahon for their support of programs within SAMD and overall superior performance.
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About U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command:
TACOM is responsible for the synchronization, integration and delivery of Soldier and ground systems materiel readiness solutions to ensure the Army is the world's most lethal and versatile fighting force.
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 Michigan-based workforce of more than 6000 people contribute billions of dollars in economic impact to the state's economy each year.
TACOM's workforce includes highly skilled and uniquely qualified professionals, from industrial artisans to senior logisticians and business analysts. The largely civilian workforce is critical to supporting Army readiness.
TACOM's Integrated Logistics Support Center facilitates warfighting readiness for U.S. forces by executing repair parts planning and supply chain management for more than 3,500 weapon systems. These systems form the core of America's ground combat capability. When the force needs critical components delivered, whether at home or abroad, it depends on TACOM.
TACOM's six manufacturing arsenals and maintenance depots generate 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.
About U.S. Army Security Assistance Command:
The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command leads the Army Materiel Command's Security Assistance Enterprise and co-leads the Army's security assistance and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programs. To carry out the Army security assistance mission, USASAC relies on AMC life cycle management commands, other Department of Defense agencies, and U.S. industry to support its processes. Divided into regionally aligned Combatant Commands, USASAC operations cover every continent in the world, earning it the nickname, the "Army's Face to the World."
Sale of equipment to eligible foreign customers includes the opportunity for the "total package" of quality materiel, parts, training, publications, technical documentation, sustainment and other services that AMC provides to U.S. Army units. By synchronizing efforts across the Army Security Assistance enterprise and within the AMC LCMCs, the enterprise is ensuring FMS requirements are not competing with Army requirements or hurting Army Readiness.