DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. -- Army Materiel Command Commander Gen. Gus Perna met with top leaders from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command to discuss supply availability issues during TACOM's quarterly update at Detroit Arsenal Nov. 28.

Perna started the update by offering guidance to TACOM's senior leaders and spoke about his priorities to increase materiel readiness and supply availability by building the depth, breadth and velocity of the global supply chain.

"We have to connect ourselves with the mission, and we have to understand our business," Perna said.

As TACOM is one of AMC's eight major subordinate commands, TACOM's quarterly updates help to ensure AMC is providing the materiel and sustainable readiness to meet current requirements and prepare for the next contingency.

TACOM Commander Maj. Gen. Daniel Mitchell emphasized the importance of optimizing the supply chain for the over 3,500 weapon systems that TACOM manages.

"We want to focus on readiness rate," Mitchell said when addressing enhancing the supply chain. "We need our readiness up, but our strategies work and we are investing in the right stuff."

Despite increased demands, Mitchell reported that TACOM reduced backorder lines by 24 percent and backorder quantities by 41 percent during the quarter.

"Everyone is happy with that," Mitchell stated, "that is a good practice that we want to keep up."

TACOM leaders pointed out that readiness drivers changed and demand variability increased during the previous quarter.

"Prioritizing is our friend," Mitchell stated when talking about funding our arsenals and depots. "What are we going to spend on? We're going to spend on the things that are legal and for our safety, things that we have to spend on. But then we are going to prioritize the rest … to maximize readiness."

TACOM's efforts to overcome variability includes leveraging increased repair capability and strengthening industry partner relationships, focused forecasting increases, and broader safety stock enhancements.

Prior to the start of the quarterly update, Perna recognized TACOM employees David Apel, James Bronson, Sharon Bryan, and Kenneth Christopher by presenting each with an AMC coin for their contributions for Army readiness.

Apel was recognized for providing innovative supply management, procedural, and systemic support, as well as dynamic leadership, in an era of significant transition for the Army. Bronson was recognized for winning the U.S. Army Materiel Command Logistics Assistance Representative of the Year Award for 2017. Bryan was recognized for reducing backorders for medium tactical vehicles by 83 percent, and Christopher was recognized for leading readiness efforts for the parts reclamation programs at Red River Army Depot, Sierra Army Depot and Camp Shelby.

"It is a tough world out there, lot going on. But I am convinced that you are leading us through our problems," Perna said giving closing comments. "You're doing good work and I thank you for what you do every day."

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About TACOM
TACOM's nearly 20,000 highly skilled and uniquely qualified professionals around the world are critical to supporting Army readiness. The personal commitment of TACOM's workforce ensures our men and women in uniform receive the support they need and deserve.

TACOM's Integrated Logistics Support Center facilitates warfighting readiness for U.S. forces by executing repair parts planning and supply chain management for over 3,500 weapon systems. These systems form the core of America's ground combat capability. When the force needs critical readiness driver components delivered, whether at home or abroad, it depends on TACOM.

TACOM's six arsenals, manufacturing centers and depots manufacture and reset ground and support equipment, generating readiness and operational capability throughout Army formations as part of the Army's Organic Industrial Base. When the force needs equipment or parts manufactured, repaired, upgraded or modernized, industrial artisans from the Army's OIB deliver.

The Detroit Arsenal, home to TACOM headquarters, is the only active-duty U.S. Army installation in the tri-state (Michigan, Ohio and Indiana) area. Detroit Arsenal and its 7,500 Michigan-based personnel contribute billions of dollars in economic impact to the state's economy each year.