New Executive Director Meets SUBPAC Civilian Corps

Story Number: NNS141108-03Release Date: 11/8/2014 10:54:00 AM
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By By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Swink,
Submarine Force Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The new Submarine Forces executive director, Donald Hoffer, was introduced November 5 to the civilian workforce of Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SUBPAC), gathered at Sharkey Theater aboard the historic Submarine Base at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

"Each of the type commanders has an executive director, a civilian of the Senior Executive Service (SES), who runs much of the business side of our business, and I have always appreciated that," said the SUBPAC commander, Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, as he welcomed Hoffer.

"I think this is a huge part of the strength we have as a submarine force," said Sawyer, referencing the incorporation of executive directorate professionals in the command structure.

During the town hall-format meeting, Hoffer introduced himself and clarified his duties as the senior civilian in the submarine force, including career development and addressing issues related to the future of undersea dominance.

As the executive director for Submarine Forces, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, Hoffer supports research and development, acquisition, logistics, maintenance, modernization and increased collaborative efforts across the various undersea warfare areas.

"To keep our undersea advantage, we need a combination of new operating concepts, innovative technology, and the continued proficiency and confidence of our Sailors," said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, in an earlier related memo to the current Strategic Studies Group.

Hoffer addressed challenges of innovation, experimentation, and the integrated priorities for the future of undersea dominance.

"The goal that has been set is, how do we take capabilities and move them to the fleet in two years?" said Hoffer.

Hoffer laid out a plan to the civilian force which includes owning the best platforms, growing the reach of our weapons systems, defeating adversary systems, protecting strategic infrastructure, integrating the undersea battle space, and getting faster with the way technology is moved into the fleet.

"We have many senior civilians that are assigned to pieces of these efforts," said Edwin Yamashiro, SUBPAC director of manpower and personnel. "Our civilians serve across the enterprise in key roles, including research and development, publications or writing doctrine. Our civilians are all part of this; we are a total workforce."

Civilian professionals support the nation's Submarine Force providing continuity to the total force and complimenting the skills, knowledge and experience of the uniformed force, both active-duty and reserve.

Hoffer considers career development of the civilian workforce an important part of his position as the force executive director, and expressed his openness to mentoring others.

"The civilian cadre is so focused, motivated and dedicated at doing their jobs," concluded Hoffer.

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Donald Hoffer, executive director for Submarine Forces, speaks with members of the civilian work force at a town hall meeting
141105-N-CB621-003 PEARL HARBOR (Nov. 5, 2014) Donald Hoffer, executive director for Submarine Forces, speaks with members of the civilian work force at a town hall meeting during his visit to Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Hoffer spoke with civilian staff members about a variety of programs and the future of the submarine force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Swink)
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