The RLC Foundation Log Safari Event 18th July 2016
The RLC Foundation Log Safari took place at Deepcut on 18 July. Once again the event was fully subscribed and so confirming the appetite from Industry and Academia to engage with the Corps. Our key note speakers were Gary Sullivan OBE of Wilson James and a colonel in the ELSC and Brigadier Simon Hutchings OBE, Commander 104 Log Bde.
The two presentation subjects were firstly, the construction logistics, a comparison with military logistics operations and secondly the importance of Agility for military Logistics. Presentation key points:
* RLC logisticians must remain assertive and ensure they embrace professional development and qualifications for future employment within the Army, whilst in parallel, aligning RLC personnel for future civilian career opportunities. * The ability to interface with commercial logistic companies should be a core competency for RLC personnel. Current training and education is paramount to integration and understanding of civilian logistics companies.
* Logisticians need to develop and sustain an agile mindset in responding to changes in operational conditions. An essential precondition of agility is resilience – ensuring enough capability is available and can be adapted when required.
After some lively questions and answers during the open forum those delegates from Industry and Academia were taken to the local Training Area for Log Safari. This involved a curry lunch in the field prepared by military chefs. Lunch was followed by a series of demonstrations of logistics equipment and systems and a chance to talk to the soldiers who operate them. This was the last Foundation event for Richard Castell, the founding Director and the first for our new Director, Alan Woods.