By MICHAEL SALAZAR, 2d Lt, USAF
I want to take the time to reflect on the many benefits our organization provides to our members. The first and one of the most important benefits is Mentorship. With members of all officer/civilian ranks and various logistics careers, the opportunity to mentor and be mentored presents itself all the time. We are all in this together and what better way to have someone to share your experiences and lessons learned.
Similar to mentorship, professional development is another benefit our members receive. Whether it is taking part in offered certification programs, organizing LOA events/projects, sharing viewpoints on current military events, or discussing ideas to better work together in the different career fields, professional development plays a key role in the many success stories of our members.
Networking, another great benefit, is available at LOA’s Annual Symposium where contacts can be made in Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) communities. Also, with the addition of Guard and Reserve Liaison Officers, as part of a Total Force Integration (TFI), new perspectives as well as contacts add to the networking aspect of LOA.
Scholarships and Awards are another excellent way we give back to our community (along with community service events) and members. Scholarships are available to officers, enlisted personnel, and civilians of the Armed Forces logistics careers. Each year, generally, up to six $1,000 scholarships are awarded to Junior Enlisted, Junior Officer, and Civilian personnel. Winners are recognized on the LOA website and may be featured in our Exceptional Release (ER) magazine. Monetary awards are also available when members submit an original article for consideration in LOA’s ER magazine or LOA website that addresses a relevant logistics topic.
Lastly, job opportunities are a huge benefit LOA offers to its members. LOA’s career center and relationships built between civilian industries help members find jobs when transitioning from military service to the civilian sector.