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Camp Pendleton hosts Logistics Forum

By Cpl. Asia J. Sorenson | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | March 7, 2016

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Camp Pendleton hosted the Installations and Logistics Board at the Pacific Views Event Center, March 2-4.

The Installations and Logistics Board is a gathering of Marine Corps Installation and Logistics leaders, including regional Marine Corps Installation commanders, to discuss the Marine Corps’ logistics equities, practices and policies.

“It’s a forum where everyone gets a baseline of what all the logistics leaders aim for and to find that common ground, logistically,” said Capt. Christopher Alfaro, Headquarters Marine Corps Installations & Logistics. “It gets everyone an idea of what we’re going to look for towards the future and it brings in new ideas.”

According to MARADMIN 178/13, the Installations and Logistics Board meets annually to provide senior leadership an opportunity to discuss current and future logistics ground task force and shape logistics equities within the planning, programming budgeting and execution system.

“The annual Installations and Logistics Board is the culminating event in the year-long Logistics Advocacy cycle,” said Col. Nancy Springer, Headquarters Marine Corps Installations & Logistics. “The ILB is a time in which senior logistics leaders come together to discuss logistics issues brought forward from other advocacy forums that are of interest to the logistics community service-wide. The participants had 2 1/2 days in which to debate the issues and to receive strategic guidance from the Deputy Commandant Installations and Logistics. This year's conference's highlights included briefings on a logistics concept of support for the Marine Corps' newest operating strategy.”

Some other topics discussed included the Marine Corps Installations Command Strategic Vision 2030, garrison and property readiness and installations security.

“We’re here today for the logistics general offices, both on the logistics side and the installations side, to talk for those issues that they’re facing today and that they’re going to be facing in the future,” said Nick Linkowitz, head of the Logistics Vision Section, Headquarters Marine Corps.

The Installations and Logistics Board was scheduled to coincide with the annual Senior Leaders Summit, a gathering of Marine Corps Installation leaders to discuss the future of the Marine Corps Installations Strategic Plan out to 2030.

“This year we did it out of Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Installations Command coordinated the activities for us here and also brought together the installations commanders for a seminar prior to this ILB,” said Linkowitz. “It worked out well, it’s a great venue, we’ve got some after actions we have to work on and we’ll see how it turns out. “

The primary goal of the forum is to increase communication and representation of logistics operating forces’ requirements and interests within Headquarters Marine Corps and the combat development system.


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