Burke named ANAD DCO
January 20, 2012
Anniston Army Depot, Ala. -- This week, Anniston Army Depot installed a new deputy to the commander.
Michael Burke, who served as the general manager for Production Operations since 2006, became the DCO Jan. 16.
Burke, an Auburn University graduate who received his electrical engineering degree in 1983, has worked at the depot since 1984.
"I started in engineering, working as an engineer from 1984 to 1990, when I was promoted into my first supervisory position," said Burke.
At the time, the directorates of engineering and quality were separate entities and Burke worked for the Directorate of Engineering in an area devoted to bringing new processes to the installation.
In 2003, he became the director of engineering shortly before the creation of a new Directorate of Engineering and Quality.
He quickly rose to the challenge of learning the quality aspects of manufacturing.
Burke said when he became the GMPO in 2006 the number of employees in his directorates jumped from about 200 to nearly 3,200.
He took Production Operations through the reorganization in 2010, when the Army's Logistics Modernization Program necessitated the creation of the directorates of Material Management and Production Management.
"GMPO is the largest organization on the depot, with about 3,200 employees. I've interacted with the other directorates, but not on a daily basis. I'm looking forward to learning more about them," said Burke. "I look forward to working with everyone."
Burke said the biggest challenge he faces in the near future is the depot's workload.
"I want to do what is best for the depot, to put us in the best posture we can be in for the future," he said. "Our workload changes every day and trying to get a clear picture of what we need to do to plan for the future is challenging."
He will have some assistance with that challenge. Jack Cline, the outgoing DCO will retire April 2, so the two men have time to give the depot a smooth transition.
"Jack is not leaving until April so he is going to be a tremendous resource for me," said Burke. "I'm lucky to have this type of transition and I think it is going to be the best for us and for the depot."