Anniston Army Depot's night shift shows versatility
October 27, 2011
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- "We've got the best trained people at Anniston Army Depot because they are constantly moving and working on different vehicles and processes," said David Funderburg, night shift division chief for the Tracked Systems Division.
From a height between 1,000 and 1,200 employees when the depot ramped up to provide equipment needed for the warfighters, the number of people working on the depot at night has steadily dropped. There are now approximately 230 employees.
Yvette Cochran is one of them. Currently assigned to the Turret Systems Branch, she began her depot career six years ago in the cable shop and has worked in various other buildings on the installation.
"You learn more and people have more time to spend with you one on one while you are learning your job on night shift," she said.
Most shops have only a small crew and their primary purpose is to keep production numbers up. Because of that, the men and women of the depot's night shift have developed a versatile skill set.
"The employees will work on M1s. Then, when the workload gets slack, they work Strykers or disassembly - basically, anywhere we need them," said Jimmy Williams, a night shift supervisor in the Combat Vehicle Repair Facility.