CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Representatives from across the Army’s Organic Industrial Base gathered at Letterkenny Army Depot for the OIB Shop Floor Modernization Symposium Oct. 19 to 21. The three-day symposium was organized and facilitated by LEAD’s Directorate of Information Management.
The purpose of the symposium is to create an avenue for collaboration amongst members of the OIB concerning modernization efforts.
Members from Corpus Christi Army Depot, Tobyhanna Army Depot, Letterkenny Munitions Center, McAlester Ammunition Plant, Picatinny Arsenal, Anniston Army Depot, Red River Army Depot, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command and U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command joined LEAD employees to discuss modernization projects, challenges, cybersecurity and industry advancements.
The symposium offers attendees the opportunity to collaborate with other installations in the OIB to develop a framework to communicate OIB needs to higher headquarters.
Bill Bullock, integrator and IT planner within DOIM at LEAD, and his team organized the event and provided the rationale behind the symposium.
“How do we change the culture of ‘we’ve always done it this way’ versus ‘how can we do it better’? How do we change that culture within our organizations to fit modernization,” Bullock said. “I think the way you change your organization’s culture is by building relationships, by taking time to discuss hard problems, giving everyone the ability to speak in an open forum where it’s valued and brought into an overall solution.”
Bullock spoke to Letterkenny’s active participation in the modernization strategy laid out by Gen. Ed Daly, commanding general, Army Materiel Command. The end state of the AMC modernization strategy is a comprehensive OIB investment plan that sustains the artisan workforce, maintains pace with the Army’s modernization of weapon systems and enables surge capacity.
“What we’re doing here is building those relationships in this room so that we can go forward and modernize. It will take all of us to bring these solutions to [Army Materiel Command] so that we can modernize our lives,” Bullock said. “I believe that not just the technology, but our inner relationships and ultimately the culture of our organizations will determine modernization.”
The symposium included presentations focused on innovation, cybersecurity, RFID technology and other emerging technologies. In addition to the presentations, there were daily break-out sessions where participants could ask additional questions and get hands-on experiences with the technologies that were presented.
The OIB Shop Floor Modernization Symposium is a tangible example of how Letterkenny is supporting Army readiness, modernization and innovation.
“This symposium is a way for us to lead the change,” Bullock said. “The goal here is to get people to embrace modernization.”
Letterkenny Army Depot is the Army’s premier professional organic maintenance facility that provides overhaul, repair and modifications for tactical missile air defense and space systems, electric power generation equipment and various military vehicles, support systems and protection programs. LEAD is a subordinate of U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, and is the Air and Missile Defense and Long Range Precision Fires depot, supporting systems for the Department of Defense, foreign partners and industry. Letterkenny Army Depot was established in 1942 and is a government-owned and -operated industrial installation located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
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