AMC commanding general visits depot and tenant activities

by Clester Burdell, PAO

Gen. Benjamin Griffin, commanding general at the Army Materiel Command, spent his fourth annual visit at Anniston Army Depot being updated on current missions as well as visiting some of the tenant activities located on the installation on July 18.

Accompanying the general were Lt. Gen. David Melcher, Assistant Secretary of the Army, and Lt. Col. (P) John Ferrari, aide-de-camp to the commanding general.

Upon his arrival, the general presented the FY06 AMC Small Business Award to the Directorate of Contracting team for their exceptional accomplishments. This was followed by briefings at the Career Academy and tours of the various skills, including the new hydraulics/pneudraulics shop where he shared with the students the magnitude of the role they play. He expressed his appreciation for their commitment to the program.

"Your growth and potential are unlimited if you remain focused," he said. "You have a great opportunity, continue to excel."

Melcher also reminded the students of their significant contribution to the depot while investing in their future as they support the war's Soldiers and Marines.

Tour stops

The next stop included tours within the Anniston Defense Munitions Center, where the general was updated on the missile recycling center and the beginning of the Spartan missile disposal, and presented green belt recognitions to five ADMC employees.

From there it was on to the Nichols Industrial Area, where the focus was on the production processes as he toured the depot's combat vehicle disassembly and reassembly facility in Bldg. 400. The general was briefed on safety rapid improvement events and lean six sigma process improvements. Additionally, he was made aware of the depot's anticipated Shingo winnings on the FAASV and Turbine Engine Value Stream. (Final results are expected next month). Griffin complimented the team on their efforts.

He was next updated on partnering initiatives with General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) referencing the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, and Stryker vehicles as well as with Honeywell at the Total Integrated Engine Revitalization, or TIGER Engine, facility.

While touring buildings 136 and 128, he was updated on the AGT-1500 new engine and TIGER processes and overall efforts on the Egyptian workload.

Later stops included the Small Arms Division in Bldg. 129, where he was briefed on the traveling teams' contributions toward RESET and the parts concerns.
Final stop was at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility where he was provided with an update on the demilitarization of chemical weapons.

In conclusion

At the end of the day, the general was highly impressed by the dedication and hard work he saw by Team Anniston. He was particularly pleased with the results made in the areas of lean/six sigma and safety. Safety remains a top priority because it is taking care of the health and welfare of the workers.

"Both of these programs are succeeding for one reason," he said. "That's because the workforce believes in them."

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