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Privratsky's tour earns strong industry support.

When Larry Conner, program manager at Logistics Management Institute, reached the end of the receiving line, Maj. Gen. Kenneth L. Privratsky greeted him warmly.

"I owe you a lot, Larry," said Privratskry. The encounter was typical of the parting comments between MTMC's former commanding general and members of the transportation and logistics industry. Privratsky embraced numerous industry processes and concepts in his three-and-a-half-year tour of duty.

Industry attendance was heavy at Privratsky's retirement ceremony Oct. 18, at the Holiday Inn, Alexandria, Va.

"He was able to take a classical military organization and transform it into a process-centered and vision-focused organization that searched for commercial best practices," said Conner, a program manager for Logistics Management Institute, McLean, Va.

Conner was the lead on numerous institute support projects for MTMC that sparked change in MTMC structure, organization and process. The projects included standardizing the command's terminal units, centralizing Resource Management and Personnel and Logistics, and developing the 2002 MTMC Strategic Plan.

"He (Privratsky) had the ability to frame a vision and to implement change," said Conner.

Conner is currently supporting the expansion of the strategic plan to include Resource Management, Personnel and Logistics, Passenger and Personal Property, and the three MTMC groups.

Dave Buirge has worked closely with MTMC for most of the last two decades, as the installation transportation officer of U.S. Army Alaska at Fort Richardson.

"I think the two most significant things that have taken place in the last three years are the automation of the processes we go through and the use of commercial ways of doing business," said Buirge, an Army friend of Privratsky and long-time personal friend.

"The old manual way we used to do things was too cumbersome and labor intensive," said Buirge. "The last three years, we've seen the impact that is the direct result of Ken. We're at the end of the food chain--so when we see it, everyone sees it."

Privratsky should be remembered for creating a very positive relationship with industry, said Buirge.

"There is a changed relationship with industry," said Buirge. "It is far more open now. It used to be controversial. There really is a significant shift in how industry and government deal with each other in defense transportation."

Relationship and trust increased between the military and the defense transportation industry during the Privratsky years, said Ray Ebeling, president, American roll-on Roll-Off Carrier, Montvale, N.J.

"We are in a win-win relationship," said Ebeling. "That's the easiest thing to do."

Another industry support of recent MTMC changes is Tony Ryan, of Wildwood Shipping, Asbury Park, N.J., who sees things the same way.

"It's a smaller military," said Ryan. "Things have to change. The military has to rely more on commercial operations to be on line. There are more trends of commercial process in government."
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