ANAD tenant Leans into standardization
Will Smith discusses a value stream analysis with DLA Distribution Anniston Commander Lt. Col. Robert Rouse and coworkers John Denson, left, and Jennifer Watson.

ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Lt. Col. Robert Rouse's first months in command have been filled with a variety of process improvements.

The commander of DLA Distribution Anniston, Ala., took command in June and said he is finally settled in and adjusted to his new job.

"I've got a great team here and we're making a lot of headway in performance and standardization," he said.

A tenant on Anniston Army Depot, Distribution Anniston provides receipt and storage of equipment, parts, weapons and vehicles in support of the depot's mission, its tenants and the warfighters.

The ultimate goal of the organization's process improvements is ensuring their customer receives their product when they need it. That customer may be a mechanic working in ANAD's Nichols Industrial Complex or a Soldier preparing to deploy.

To meet their goal, the organization is holding a series of Lean events with two objectives in mind - standardization and quality.

Distribution Anniston has begun to map its various value streams - organizing processes from start to finish. As they go through each area, they look at ways to build inventory verification into the process.

"We are working to install quality checks at key points in the operation," said Rouse.

Under his leadership, Distribution Anniston has begun a comprehensive floor-to-file program, ensuring storage operations are performed to Department of Defense regulations and that parts are in the right place, in the right packaging.

"This program will support a healthy inventory, which reduces denials," said Rouse.

He has challenged his workforce to have an accuracy rate of 98 percent, which he calls a "world class" rate.

"We are leading the way across DLA Distribution Command in standardization, as was highlighted by Brig. Gen. Susan A. Davidson during her visit earlier this year," said Rouse.

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