First visit to Sierra Army Depot for California and Nevada delegates
January 31, 2013
Herlong, Calif.(Jan. 28, 2013) -- Congressional delegates and representatives from California and Nevada arrived at Sierra Army Depot, on 28 Jan., for a quick visit to become familiar with the mission of the Depot.
Visiting the Depot for the first time were US Congressman Doug LaMalfa (CA-R) - District 1; US Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-R) - District 2; Ms. Pam Robinson, Nevada Policy Director for SEN Dean Heller (NV-R); Mr. Mark Spannagel, Chief of Staff for REP LaMalfa; Ms. Lisa Buesher, District Director for REP LaMalfa; Mr. Tim Holabird, Northern Representative for REP LaMalfa; and Ms. Stacy Parobek, District Director for REP Amodei.
The visit began with a command brieifing by Lt. Col. Christopher Dexter where the delegates asked numerous questions about the mission of the Depot. Dexter hit on areas that were directly related to them: Demographics of our employees (blue collar, engineers, etc), as their constituents work at the installation; and the huge economic impact SIAD has on their respected districts.
During the briefing, Amodei commented on the high percentage (42%) of veterans that are currently working here.
Upon completion of the briefing, the group began a tour of the installation. A drive through the End of First Life Center gave the group an overall perspective for the number of tactical wheeled vehicles and other types of equipment that can be stored out in the open for long periods of time.
The next stop was the Containerization and Assembly where they walked through the newest mission acquired by the depot - rekitting of add on armor. Ms. Susan Getty explained the process from receiving up through the time the items are packaged in containers and placed in storage, ready for shipment.
Due to the limited time for the delegates, the group made a quick walk through the shipping and receiving for Retrograde and Redistribution.
At the end of the day, several comments were made how impressed the delegates and staffers were regarding the Depot's utilization of land for storage and how there are so many potential opportunities for future growth. Both Congressmen and representative for SEN Heller expressed a desire to return when they could spend more time.