Walking the deckplates: Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz heads DCMS

Written by Vice Adm. Sandra L. Stosz

Deputy Commandant of Mission Support Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz engages with staff at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore as she continues to establish expectations and provide transparency. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Deputy Commandant of Mission Support Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz engages with staff at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore as she continues to establish expectations and provide transparency. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Since coming aboard as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, DCMS, I’ve walked the deckplates and created space in my days to connect with the people supporting Coast Guard missions. Taking time to “pause for people” has afforded me positive engagement and insightful conversations with the Coast Guard’s most talented and dedicated employees—many of whom I am pleased to include on my DCMS team. Everywhere I visit, I come away struck by the passion, pride and professionalism of our people.

In my Commander’s Intent, I emphasize our Duty to People through my “Engaged Leadership” priority. My second priority is “Efficiency through Innovation” and as our most valuable resource, it is our people who will ensure we innovate to create the efficiencies required to support Coast Guard operations. My third priority is “Standard Service Delivery,” which we will achieve through application of our successful business model. The accompanying video illuminates the DCMS priorities within my Commander’s Intent.

While walking around the Coast Guard Yard and the Surface Forces Logistics Center, SFLC, up in Baltimore, I witnessed many success stories that demonstrate how our DCMS people, through creative and innovative solutions, have achieved efficiencies and delivered value that maximizes operational impact. For example, the SFLC is working toexpand their Push Parts model for major cutters with plans to establish forward deployed inventory at Coast Guard Bases and other maintenance points. SFLC is beginning the approach with pilot projects at Base Boston and Base Alameda, California, focusing on pushing depot level parts for medium endurance cutters, high endurance cutters and national security cutters. In addition, the SFLC has centralized cutter boat pooling and has thereby increased the operational availability of boats, reduced unplanned casualty expenditures, and relieved tasking on busy cutter crews, saving more than 200 man-hours. At the Yard, we saw an operation that delivers such exceptional value and service that they have become the preferred service provider performing work for joint, interagency and international partners. These are just some of the ways we are demonstrating our mission support excellence and I am pleased to see similar successes throughout DCMS.

U.S. Coast Guard photo.

U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Serving the Nation is a privilege, and being part of the Coast Guard is an honor. More than any time in history, we have an opportunity within DCMS to shape the future of the Coast Guard in fundamental ways. Together, we will set our proud Service on a course that will make it more relevant, more respected, and better prepared to meet the challenges of the next century.

As always, I am interested in your thoughts—we want your feedback. After you watch the video, feel free to reach out to me at askDCMS@uscg.mil and I will do my best to address your comments, answer your questions, and consider your suggestions.

This is our Coast Guard. We are Mission Support!

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