Committing to Service.

Author:Brown, William A.
Position:PRESIDENT'S CORNER - Column

I am excited about the future for lots of reasons. Mostly I am optimistic because I see committed, trusted leaders in the Department of Defense and across industry. Their ability to be mission ready is the underpinning of our social fabric in America. Also, I am optimistic because in my first year at NDTA I have witnessed strong dialog between government and industry--at the strategic and tactical levels. Support to NDTA's mission has been unwavering and issues are getting worked. For that, we should all be grateful. Now, the opportunities presented by the Fall Meeting are just one more example of how we can all work together for the benefit of our Nation. It's important.

In this edition of DTJ, we are focusing on US response to disaster relief, humanitarian support, and other contingencies. Not only do the State Department, US Agency for International Development (USAID), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have to stay ready, but they often rely on US military (Active, Reserve and Guard) to respond as well. Each Combatant Command, both geographic and functional command, exercise and train to respond. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is often called upon to coordinate food, fuel, clothing and shelter for those in need. Likewise, industry is evermore certain to be relied on to quickly respond in the most challenging and dangerous of situations. They all enter into harm's way to aide those experiencing famine, disease epidemics, large scale storms, flooding, earthquakes, fires--whatever the need--they all are champions in my book. They all support local, state and national officials as they protect citizens. Social media and news teams on the ground provide up to the minute coverage of the crisis situation and the progress of the relief response.

One of the most threatening circumstances the world has faced is the answer to solving the spread of the Ebola virus. An international response of public, private relief organizations and nation states was able to quell the exponential spread of the disease which caused tens of thousands of deaths. The United Nations (UN) Security Council voted on 14 September 2014 to acknowledge the disease and to support the World Health Organization and others in the response. The resolution vote was one of the most supported votes in the history of the UN. The logistics elements of the US military from US Transportation Command...

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