AQF holds first depot meeting in Anniston
December 23, 2009
- The Army Materiel Command Quality Federation met Dec. 8 and 9 at Anniston Army Depot.
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. - The Army Materiel Command Quality Federation met Dec. 8 and 9 at Anniston Army Depot. It was the first time the organization has chosen to hold their meeting at a depot.
The AQF, comprised of all quality leadership at AMC installations, rotates its meetings throughout those installations and other selected conference sites. The group was chartered by AMC to place a renewed emphasis on quality assurance best practices.
According to Dwayne Goss, depot director of engineering and quality, ANAD was chosen as the meeting site because of the installation's track record in quality and the quality improvements leading to zero defects on the Stryker battle damage and combat damage programs.
The event was also notable because of the number of attendees, the largest in the organization's 10-year history.
The AQF discussed two major topics during the meeting - a human capital initiative and product quality deficiency reports - both are seen by the group as ways to ensure a continued high level of quality from the receipt of components and parts all the way to delivery of the finished product.
"We have taken it upon ourselves that we are going to be an action-based organization that is serving the warfighter," said Mike Whitt, chairman of the AQF.
The human capital initiative is working to ensure the level of competency and skill sets will be carried into the next generation of quality assurance workers. The group is currently researching through its own network of knowledge resources to ensure everything is in place. They hope to make recommendations at a future meeting.
The only vote taken during the conference dealt with the product quality deficiency reports. The group voted to partner with the Defense Logistics Agency to ensure full investigations of all QDRs and that appropriate corrective actions are taken.
In addition to the discussions held at the DeSoto Entertainment Center, members of the AQF were given a tour of the depot's Combat Vehicle Assembly/Disassembly, Power Train, Small Arms and Turbine Engine shops.