On the morning of 28 June 2023, the Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC) Logistics and Technical Support Directorate (LTSD) held its inaugural symposium at the Myer Auditorium at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, in an effort to demonstrate its direct support of the Warfighter. This town hall-style event was undertaken by LTSD in order to proactively answer the questions of their ILSC colleagues about who they are and what they do, putting forth a definitive message that they can build their brand around going forward.
LTSD Associate Director Mr. Abel Salgado delivered opening remarks, providing an overview of the directorate and introducing each of its divisions: Technical Support Division (TSD), Publication Services Division (PSD), and Logistics Data Division (LDD). Each of the Division Chiefs presented on behalf of their workforce, with Mr. Matthew Zalfa (TSD), Ms. Evette Jones-Hatton (PSD), and Ms. Kelly Pearson (LDD) each giving detailed presentations to spotlight the hard work that their divisions have been putting in to support mission readiness.
Representing the Technical Support Division, Mr. Zalfa took the audience through division capabilities such as its cataloging and property accountability functions and elements like predictive logistics and advanced manufacturing that contribute to its maintenance and organic industrial base functions. Mission objectives, as well as the accompanying policies that support them, high headquarters coordination, and associated training courses, were all laid out for attendees to be able to grasp the full scope of the Division. By bringing speed and accuracy to the processes that it supports TSD is positioning itself as a go-to destination for policy guidance, software instructions, and much more.
Publication Services Division then took center stage, as Ms. Jones-Hatton emphasized the four C’s of community, collaboration, communication, and commitment that allow the PSD to effectively and efficiently develop publications for C5ISR systems. By eliminating redundant and inefficient processes, PSD technical writers and subject matter experts (SMEs) are creating innovative approaches on a daily basis to deliver repeatable results.
Logistics Data Division Chief Ms. Kelly Pearson was the final speaker of the program, and she laid out the path for the newly created Division, having just been established in January of this year. Comprised of provisioners and supply systems analysts, LDD is currently engaging itself in a collaborative learning environment as it strives to ensure that growth opportunities will be attainable in various career fields. Ms. Pearson’s presentation also included a sneak peek at the Provisioning Management Tool (ProMT), a powerful new development in analytics.
Following the speakers and an open discussion with the audience, LTSD presented numerous exhibitions and demonstrations in the Myer Auditorium lobby. A technical writing demonstration was offered, as well as a look at the latest innovations that LTSD is employing to help bring better technical manuals into the field. SMEs were on hand to discuss topics like provisioning deliverables, and live demonstration of multiple recent software developments were offered, such as the Sustainment Requirements Tracker (SRT) to manage Transition to Sustainment (T2S) and the Vantage-based Material Obsolescence Management (MOM) capability to manage Obsolescence and Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) issues.
Between the in-person turnout and those who called in using Microsoft Teams, almost 400 people attended the event, an impressive number that exceeded expectations. Thanks to the success of this symposium, LTSD is looking forward to organizing and hosting another such event in the future.