Workshop helps logisticians share best practices

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, addresses the attendees of the Logistics Training Workshop Sept. 17, 2015, at Fort Pickett. Va. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, addresses the attendees of the Logistics Training Workshop Sept. 17, 2015, at Fort Pickett. Va. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office)

FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 100 logisticians from across the state attended the Logistics Training Workshop from Sept. 15-18, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va.

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, addressed the group Sept. 17. He discussed the importance of efficiency in the face of expected budget cuts and thanks the attendees for all they did to support Virginia National Guard operations.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring the Guard’s logistics community up to date on the latest issues impacting the sustainment community, explained Col. Michael Swanson, director of logistics.

The workshop included new supply sergeant training as well as open forum discussions about best practices and networking among logisticians at the battalion, brigade and state level.

Topics of discussions also included briefings on budget, maintenance, movement control, inventory processes, excess property turn-ins, food service operations and contract and procurement methods.

“Overall the conference was very successful, and I think it will help us be better prepared for the challenges ahead,” Swanson said. “We plan to make this an annual event to make sure everyone is current on techniques and procedures they need to do their jobs effectively.”