Editor’s Note: We asked a series of questions to Robert L. Addison, White Sands Missile Range’s new G4, Directorate of Logistics. Addison served in the Army for 24 years and said he continues to serve his fellow Soldiers as a government civilian.
Where are you from and where is home for you?
I’m originally from New Jersey, the great state of New Jersey. I actually call Vicenza, Italy home, that’s where my wife is at. My youngest is graduating high school from there in the summer.
Tell me about your family?
My wife is from Vicenza. I have an older son who’s here with me. My oldest is 24 and the youngest is 17. I’ve been married for 30 years.
When you were younger what did you aspire to be?
An Army officer, which I did. I spent 24 years in the Army.
What led you to Army?
My dad was retired enlisted in the Army so of course my parents pushed me to join the Army. I attended The Citadel in South Carolina and when I came out I was commissioned into the Army.
What have you learned from previous leadership roles?
I’ve learned that you must trust your workforce, you have to take care of your workforce and you treat others as you want to be treated.
What do you and your family like to do for fun?
We like to travel when we get the chance. My boys and I like to fish and we’re into sports. Come September it’s all about NFL football, go Cowboys!
What do you like to do for fun?
I like to fish. I’m into weightlifting and I like to spend time with my family.
What led you to your field?
When I retired from active duty I was hoping to get in the operation field but at the time the director of the Directorate of Logistics in Vicenza asked if I wanted to work for him after retirement. I was the acting director of Human Resources at the time I retired in April 2008. So, I’ve been in DOL Plans and Operations for seven years prior to my current assignment here at WSMR.
How do you feel about coming to WSMR?
When the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center told me I was going to WSMR I didn’t know much about it. I think the job is challenging but I think I can bring a lot to the table.
What do you think about the area?
It’s different. This is my first time in this type of desert environment. I want to take the opportunity to go see New Mexico while I’m here. One thing that does strike me is how friendly and hospitable people are here. I haven’t seen oryx, I’m not looking forward to that. I plan on making the best of my time while I’m here.
What do you hope to accomplish while you’re here?
Since it’s a new staff my goal is to be able to work with the WSMR leadership, all of the directors to ensure a good cohesive Command Supply Discipline Program for WSMR. I want to be able to provide logistical support to the Test Center and develop a relationship with the Logistics Readiness Center so that collectively we can provide mutual support to WSMR.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I’ve served 24 years in the Army and I continue to support the Soldiers as a U.S. government employee. There’s a good command climate here. I’m really impressed with the Commanding General, Command Sergeant Major and Test Center Commander. I think it’s a really good team here, a team that’s working with me and focused on the mission.