Norfolk, VA. (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC) is hosting the 2018 Operational Support Officer (OSO) Conference this week.
Approximately 93 attendees, comprised of officers, enlisted and civilians, are at the three-day conference that is tailored to address specific areas across the force requiring improvement and better prepare for future operations, all while remaining aligned with the Navy Reserve action plan "Ready to Win.
Kicking off the conference, Rear Adm. Tom Luscher, commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command underscored the importance of the OSO role.
"You're all key links to the fleet...the customer. You tell us what big Navy needs," Luscher said.
Capt. Michael Joyner, CNRFC Operations Officer said the goal of the conference is to inform OSOs on issues and provide guidance in the execution of their duties.
"CNRF has adopted a Working Group style conference in which the participants work on issues provided by either Higher Authority, the CNRFC Staff, or the OSOs themselves. The desired end-state is to move the force forward and strengthen the OSO community," said Joyner.
The job of an OSO is critical to the success of the Navy Reserve. OSOs must be able to communicate the concerns and priorities of Navy and joint commanders to their supporting Reserve Components, while also articulating the procedures and processes for optimizing Reserve Component support. Additionally, OSOs must keep abreast of changes in reserve policy/programs and pass along information to their respective commands.
To address areas requiring attention, six separate working groups comprised of approximately 15 members went to work. Two of the working groups are being led by CNRFC operations directorate and the others by manpower and personnel, plans and policy and financial resources.
The first working group is focused on the Navy Reserve Order Writing System (NROWS). The goal is to examine the root cause of issues requiring improvement and then design creative processes and procedures to gather useful data. This operational data will inform current and future decision-making.
The second working group's goal is to review discretionary Reserve Personnel Navy (RPN) funding to ensure that the distribution of funds reflects an accurate accounting of executed missions and requirements.
The third working group is charged with a full OSO course review. Data collected through recent OSO surveys show that the systems in which OSOs interact aren't fully understood and training is required. The group will examine survey results and identify gaps in current training.
The fourth working group is focused on Reserve Unit Assignment Document (RUAD) management for OSOs. The review and validation of Reserve billets is a critical aspect of an OSO's assigned duties.
The fifth working group is reviewing Active Duty for Training (ADT) requirements. The detailed look involves the review and prioritization of ADT Special requirements within the Budget Submitting Offices (BSOs).
Finally, the sixth working group is reviewing the OSO conference model. In the past, the working group model has been employed to maximize participation and return on investment. This group is examining innovative and consistent processes to develop solutions and identify improvements.
On the final day of the conference, the groups will out-brief the commander, seek approval on the initial framing of their solutions and provide a way-ahead detailing follow-on tasks and resources necessary for timely resolution of the issues.
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