AMC leaders set course for future
(left to right) Lt. Gen. Omar Jones, Installation Management Command commanding general, and Ron Shindel, commanding officer of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, listen to Gen. Ed Daly, Army Materiel Command commanding general, at the AMC Commander’s Forum Sep. 21-22 at AMC headquarters. (Photo Credit: Eben Boothby) VIEW ORIGINAL

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Army’s senior sustainer met with leaders from Army Materiel Command’s 10 major subordinate commands to set AMC’s strategic path into the future.

Gen. Ed Daly, AMC commanding general, hosted the AMC Commander’s Forum Sep. 21-22 at AMC headquarters. The forum provided an opportunity for commanders and staff to review and discuss the AMC campaign plan and determine the strategic initiatives the AMC enterprise needs to focus on to support the Army of 2030.

“The objective is to synchronize and integrate our efforts to achieve the right effects that are vectored with the focus areas of how each command connects with both the AMC and the Army Campaign Plans,” Daly said. “We will look at our lines of efforts in conjunction with the Army Campaign Plan to help us determine with more precision our strategic path for the next several months and years.”

The purpose of the forum was to produce a streamlined AMC campaign plan to set the command’s priority objectives and initiatives for the next six to eight months and set the course for the AMC enterprise over the next one to two years, said Daly.

“This is about giving us more precision for delivering the right products in line with the Army Campaign Plan objectives,” he said. “It’s about setting the road map and the operational frame work going forward, about how we are going to take care of people, how we are supporting readiness, and the efforts we have ongoing in modernization, particularly in the Organic Industrial Base and in the supply chain.”

AMC is the supported command for three ACP objectives:

  • Deliver Installations/Services for Army 2030,
  • Synchronize and Integrate Army 2030 Sustainment,
  • Transform to a Climate Resilient and Sustainable Army
  • and the supporting command for 80 objectives and three cross cutting efforts.

Key to ensuring the precision of those priority efforts is AMC transitioning the entire command to a data-centric environment, as well as confirming metrics across the lines of efforts.

“We have to get ahead of the decision-making process, and at echelon, we need to be predictive, responsive and anticipatory of requirements,” he said.

To ensure AMC’s efforts are properly aligned across the force, Daly hosted several leaders from around the Army to give updates on current operations and lines of efforts within their organizations. Speakers included Lt. Gen. James E. Rainey, Army G-3/5/7 deputy chief of staff; Maj. Gen. Mark Simerly, Combined Arms Support Command commanding general; Dr. Paul Reese, Future Force Integration Division director; and Brig. Gen. Patrick Gaydon, Army Futures Command G-3/5/7.

For professional development, Daly also invited Ron Shindel to speak to the attendees about leadership in crisis. Shindel was the ground zero commander at the World Trade Center following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He said the experience was the most challenging task of any career.

“There was no blueprint, no manual, organization chart, mentors or clear lines of authority,” said Shindel. “It was consequence-intensive decision making under the most challenging conditions with the whole world watching.”

He said he relied on the team he built and shared some of his insight with how to empower people during crisis situations, including building loyalty to the mission, being good and honest to your team, having technical expertise and developing subordinates.

“Tell them what to do and then let them do it,” said Shindel, who is now the commanding officer of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. “If you have trust in your people, get out of their way. Also, a leader should organize and structure from the rear, but be seen in the front.”