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 Logistics in Times of Crisis 


 Optimizing Logistics and Supply Chain Effectiveness in Times of Crisis and Disasters  

Event Number



 2/5/2013  to 2/7/2013 


 Savannah, GA 


 Tammy Kicker, 


VADM Harnitchek to Keynote

Vice Admiral Mark Hanitchek, Director of the Defense Logistics Agency, will be keynoting the seminar on February 7. 

What, you might ask, does military logistics have to do with supply chains in disater response?

DLA provides logistics support to FEMA and military organizations such as the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Guard and U.S. Northern Command. 

As superstorm Sandy approached the Eastern coastline DLA increased the op tempo in its Joint Logistics Operations Center.  The JLOC is DLA’s focal point for gathering and analyzing information involving the agency’s operations from within and outside of the agency.  As the storm approached the Northeast, the JLOC added a third shift and went to 24-hour operations, anticipating the demand to coordinate immediate logistics support for relief efforts.

As requests for help and material came in via FEMA, DLA responded.  Within two weeks of the storm the JLOC had helped coordinate the delivery of more than 6.2 million meals, 48 pallets of bottled water, 7.8 million gallons of fuel, 107 water pumps, 51 generators, 500 sets of cold-weather clothing, 172,000 blankets, 4,000 cots, 200 hypothermia-prevention kits and six portable X-ray machines.
Read about DLA's response to Sandy at the DLA web site here.


Day 1 Program (Tuesday, February 5th)

Day 2

Day 3



1:30 PM

Guided and Unguided Exploration of Savannah
(On your own)

6:00 PM


7:00 PM

Symposium Welcome Reception and Networking
Marriott Hotel

  • Vendor Displays
  • Poster Presentations from Academics and ASU Students



Day 2 Program (Wednesday, February 6th)




7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM

Welcome - Chairman of CALM National Advisory Board
Dr. Jaime M. Bohnke
Vice President Supply Chain and Chief Procurement Officer
PPL Services Corporation

8:10 AM

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Ray Nelson
, Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC)
CALM Advisory Board

8:30 AM

Keynote Presentation
Major General Michael Dana
Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics, United States Marine Corps

09:15 AM

Port of Savannah Tour
Georgia Ports Authority

Robert Morris
Georgia Ports Authority

09:30 AM

Depart for Port Tour

11:30 AM

Depart for Marriott

12:30 PM

Lunch with Speaker

2:15 PM

Introduction to Workshops

2:30 -
3:15 PM

Workshop Tracks


Track A - Case Examples of Operating in Times of Crisis and Natural Disasters (Supply Chain and Distribution)

Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support (TIDES)

David Becker
Director for Civil Military Activities Integration, and TIDES, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University


Track B - Methods of Contingency Planning and Risk Management in Support of Disaster Response

Applying the Principles of Extreme Supply Chain Management in Crisis Situations & American Logistics Aid Network

Lisa HarringtonLisa Harrington
Associate Director, Supply Chain Management Center, University of Maryland, and Lead Author, Extreme Supply Chain Management

3:15 -
3:30 PM

Networking Break with Refreshments

3:30 -
4:15 PM

Workshop Tracks


Track C- National level Supply Chain Management Capabilities Open to Small Business in Times of Crisis

Managing the Disaster Supply Chain in times of National Crisis

Jill Bossi, Amreican Red CrossJill B Bossi
Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, The American National Red Cross

Jill is responsible for managing all Supply Chain, Real Estate and Travel related services for the Red Cross.


Track D - Emergency Supply Chain Management Models to be Exploited in Times of Crisis

The Disaster Response Integrative Logistics (DRIL) Execrise - Summary and Results

Ambassodor David Litt
Executive Director
Center for Stabilization & Reconstruction
Institute for Defense and Business

Corey Cook
Lockheed Martin


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Day 3 Program (Thursday, February 7th)



Speaker and Topic

8:00 AM

Welcome and Recap - CALM National Advisory Board
Audria King, Manager, Customer Service and Supply, Miller Coors

8:15 AM

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Maj Gen Hudson, USMCMichael Madden 
Executive Deputy of the Marine Corps Logistics Command

8:30 AM


Keynote Presentation

Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek, USN
Director, Defense Logistics Agency

9:15 AM

Networking Break

9:30 AM

Introduction of Featured Speaker
Myron Williams

Vice President Sales, United Parcel Services, CALM National Advisory Board member

Featured Speaker

Charlie CovertMr. Charlie Covert
Vice President Customer Solutions
United Parcel Service

10:45 AM

Closing Remarks - CALM National Advisory Board
Phillip Harris
, Senior Executive, V8 Logistics Services Group

12:00 PM

CALM National Advisory Board Meeting


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Enjoy Savannah!

Savannah Marriott Riverfront
100 General McIntosh Boulevard
Savannah, GA 31401

Tel: (912) 233-7722
Fax: (912) 233-3765

Things to Do...

The Visit Savannah web site has information on tours, attractions, shopping and dining in Savannah.  Web Site






Tour Savannah by Trolley

Old Savannah Tours

800 517-9007

Web Site




Old Town Trolley Tours

888 910-8687

Web Site





 Savannah Riverboat Cruises

Cruise the historic Savannah River - Harbor Sightseeing, Dinner, or the Civil War Experience

800 786-6404

Web Site

Local Golfing

See a listing of local golf courses here.

The Civil War

Sherman's "March to the Sea" ended in Savannah. Visit Historic Savannah (Web Site) lists a number of Civil War tours.  They feature homes of famous generals and interesting Civil War sites including Sherman's headquarters.


A room block has been reserved at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront. 

Make your reservations soon via online or by phone in order to ensure the discounted event rate. Mention Logistics in Times of Crisis room block and state industry or government.

Cutoff date is Monday, Januaary 28, 2013 and rates are subject to increase after this date. 

To reserve your room online, please click on the respective link:

Government*: $95 (single/double)

Industry: $129 (single/double)

Toll-free Reservation (800) 285-0398

*The government per diem rate is available only to active duty or civilian government employees. ID will be required upon check-in.


Savannah Marriott Riverfront
100 General McIntosh Boulevard
Savannah, GA 31401

Tel: (912) 233-7722
Fax: (912) 233-3765  

Savannah Marriott Riverfront 
View of the Port of Savannah from the River Walk

Hotel Parking

The Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel offers ample Self Parking for conference attendees at the discounted rate of $5 daily per vehicle.

Airport Transportation

The hotel does not have an Airport Shuttle service.

Driving Directions From Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)

Take Interstate 95 South to Interstate 16 East. Follow Interstate 16 East until it ends and turns into Montgomery Street. Turn right onto Bay Street. The hotel is on the left, one half mile east on Bay Street.

Alternate transportation: KShuttle (; fee: $20 USD one way, $30 round trip, reservation required.

Estimated taxi fare: $28 one way



Registration is closed. 


A seminar showcasing and featuring the contributions of logistics intermodal technology transfer, visioning and problem-solving optimizing logistics and supply chain effectiveness in times of crisis and disasters hosted by the Center for Advanced Logistics Management, Albany State University

Optimizing Logistics and Supply Chain Effectiveness in Times of Crisis and Disasters

Big Idea
This conference focuses on tools and methods logistics and supply chain professionals can use to optimize effectiveness in times of crisis and disasters. Advanced logistics and supply chain practitioners recognize and manage risk and build resilience while they optimize organizational performance in times of crisis and disasters.

This symposium brings industry, government, and academia together to examine how crisis situations are creating opportunities for optimizing logistics and supply chains, and the challenges of securing optimal solutions for logistics and supply chain participants. Four tracks will cover logistics in times of crisis topics in areas such as operating issues; contingency and risk management; small business capabilities; and models.

Who Should Attend?
Supply chain management professionals and practitioners from profit and non- profit organizations, Military Logisticians, and Academicians including:

- Procurement Professionals
- Supply Chain Managers
- Emergency Managers
- Logisticians
- Operations Managers
- Disaster Preparedness Professionals
- Liaison Officers


 Presented by

The Center for Advanced Logistics Management 

 Albany State University

About CALM



About The Port of Savannah

and what you will see on the tour of the port.

Click here