Va. Guard Soldiers learn, share, network at Logistics Training Workshop

Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers participate in the Virginia Army National Guard Logistics Training Workshop Aug. 8, 2013, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. More than 200 Virginia Guard noncommissioned officers, warrant officers and officers attended the workshop Aug. 5-9. The workshop provided sustainment training to Virginia Army Guard Soldiers who serve as logisticians, property book officers and maintainers around the state. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers participate in the Virginia Army National Guard Logistics Training Workshop Aug. 8, 2013, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. More than 200 Virginia Guard noncommissioned officers, warrant officers and officers attended the workshop Aug. 5-9. The workshop provided sustainment training to Virginia Army Guard Soldiers who serve as logisticians, property book officers and maintainers around the state. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — More than 200 Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers, noncommissioned officers, warrant officers and officers attended the Virginia Army National Guard Logistics Training Workshop Aug. 5-9 at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach.

“The purpose of the workshop was to get logisticians from the company, battalion, brigade and Army staff level together to network, share information and provide guidance and training,” said Lt. Col. Michael Swanson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics for the Virginia Army National Guard.

The purpose was of the workshop was to get logisticians from the company, battalion, brigade and Army staff together to network, share information and provide guidance and training. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

The purpose was of the workshop was to get logisticians from the company, battalion, brigade and Army staff together to network, share information and provide guidance and training. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

This was the first time the workshop was consolidated to include logisticians, property book officers and maintainers and it was very well received, Swanson said.

“We received a lot of very positive comments,” he said. “They really liked the block instructors and the guest speakers who came in.”

Classes covered topics such as changes in food service and contracting requirements, the Command Supply Discipline Program, inspections and command maintenance training. The workshop included training for new supply sergeants and training for existing supply sergeants to give them updates on any policies and procedures that may have changed.

“We also had break outs for the maintenance personnel to discuss maintenance issues and for the property book officers to work on property book issues, like excess equipment and lateral transfers of equipment,” Swanson said.

Networking was a big part of the workshop, according to Swanson. The week offered Soldiers from throughout the state the opportunity to finally put faces with the names they interact with on a daily basis.

The workshop was hosted by the Army G-4 staff and the plan is to continue to make it an annual event.

“My staff did a lot of hard work planning the workshop, creating the agenda and hosting it,” Swanson said. “It would never have happened without their hard work.”

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