Team Leidos recently joined the Royal Logistic Corps for the 2021 Log Safari, a unique opportunity to see the work of the armed forces up close and personal.
As a valued partner of RLC, Leidos encourages its staff to attend the event to meet service personnel and hear their stories first-hand. Leidos manages the Logistics Commodities and Services Programme on behalf of the MOD, and the day gives our staff the chance to see the impact of their work on the front-line. Most of our staff attending the day had no military experience, so this was a great opportunity to hear feedback directly from customers.
The day was hosted by 1 Regt RLC, but also incorporated other larger enabling experts who showcased expertise in Supply and Distribution, Ammunition Technical Services, Food Services, Maritime, Fuel and Petroleum Operations and Air Despatch.
Here are a couple of short vignettes from our staff who attended the day.
Huw Jenkins, Chief Operating Officer, Logistics, Commodities and Services Transformation Programme. Leidos Europe Ltd.
In my 25+ years of working in UK retail logistics, I was always struck by the professionalism of ex-armed forces colleagues who had joined industry where they could use their military logistics experience to good effect. In August, I was fortunate enough to attend the Royal Logistic Corps ‘Log Safari’, an exercise where I witnessed first-hand the incredible work that these talented people carry out on behalf of the MOD.
The unique skills, the diverse environments and the constant thread of professionalism and pride shone through the Oxfordshire skies. From 24-hour bomb disposal to dropping critical equipment from the sky, underwater engineering to ensure our troops can make it to land pretty much anywhere to the constant challenge of enabling effective communications in the field – all of it fascinating and symbolic of the glue that binds our military capability so effectively together.
Whilst we were blown away by some the skills and tenacity on display, the insight also provided Leidos with a view on how we can offer further support, be that in the food options that are so critical to morale or the opportunity in further transforming the end-to-end IS capability.
A great day.
Terry Coakley, Key Account Manager. Logistics, Commodities and Services Transformation Programme. Leidos Europe Ltd
Without doubt the day was a great success. The RLC soldiers of all trades demonstrated how they provisioned for the supply of commodities and resupply to the deployed force within an operational environment. Our staff got a better understanding of what our customer does with the physical items, and how our role in Defence Logistics is important from supplier to end-user.