Leaders listen: 597th Transportation Brigade hosts listening session at Fort Eustis.
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Heidi Hoyle, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command commanding general. and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Morrison, SDDC Command Sergeant Major, held a listening session at the 597th Transportation Brigade headquarters at Joint Base Langley-Eustis May 17. (Photo Credit: Julie Kelemen) VIEW ORIGINAL
Listening session held at Fort Eustis
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Heidi Hoyle, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command commanding general addresses representatives from the 597th Transportation Brigade during a listening session at Joint Base Langley-Eustis May 17. (Photo Credit: Julie Kelemen) VIEW ORIGINAL
SDDC Commander recognizes individuals during visit to Fort Eustis
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Heidi Hoyle, SDDC commanding general. and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Morrison, SDDC Command Sergeant Major, recognized U.S. Navy Lt. Tristan White, operations officer, and Malcolm Scales, victim advocate at the 597th Transportation Brigade headquarters at Joint Base Langley-Eustis May 17.

White was recognized for managing the 597th Transportation Brigade's covid response during the pandemic. Scales was recognized for his support to the command's Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention program. (Photo Credit: Julie Kelemen)
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SDDC command team recognizes individuals during visit to Fort Eustis
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Heidi Hoyle, SDDC commanding general. and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Morrison, SDDC Command Sergeant Major, recognized U.S. Navy Lt. Tristan White, operations officer, and Malcolm Scales, victim advocate at the 597th Transportation Brigade headquarters at Joint Base Langley-Eustis May 17.

White was recognized for managing the 597th Transportation Brigade's covid response during the pandemic. Scales was recognized for his support to the command's Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention program. (Photo Credit: Julie Kelemen)
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SDDC commander recognizes award winning OCCA team at Fort Eustis
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Heidi Hoyle, SDDC commanding general. and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Morrison, SDDC Command Sergeant Major, recognized U.S. the 597th Transportation Brigade Ocean Cargo Clearance Authorities team at Joint Base Langley-Eustis May 17.

The OCCA team earned the title Team of the Year in 2021. (Photo Credit: Julie Kelemen)
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JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va.— Maj. Gen. Heidi Hoyle, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command commanding general and Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Morrison, SDDC Command Sergeant Major, held a listening session at the 597th Transportation Brigade headquarters at Joint Base Langley-Eustis May 17.

Listening sessions are a closed forum for personnel to discuss issues, share personal experiences and to offer suggestions to make the Army better. The feedback from the session will be consolidated and a plan of action will be formulated to address the themes.

Many participants said it was their first time in a listening session and they appreciated the chance to have an open dialogue about a variety of issues.

"She genuinely cares about her Soldiers and their concerns," said U.S. Navy Lt. Robert White, operations officer, "She was so approachable and honest in her responses to questions."

"It is good to know that she takes an interest in Soldiers’ well-being and I appreciated the opportunity to hear her guidance and opinions on a variety of issues," White added.

After the listening session, Hoyle and Morrison recognized the 597th Transportation Brigade Ocean Cargo Clearance Authorities Team for earning the title of SDDC Team of the Year in 2021, U.S. Navy Lt. Robert White, operations officer, for managing the brigade's covid response during the pandemic and Malcolm Scales, victim advocate, for increasing awareness of the Army's Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Program and supporting the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month campaign at Fort Eustis.