By Mrs. Jennifer Bacchus (AMC)April 14, 2011
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. - Anniston Army Depot received an outstanding rating in 43 out of 47 areas evaluated when an inspection team from TACOM Life Cycle Management Command visited the installation March 29-31.
The inspection team's purpose was to view the installation's administrative processes and give Col. Timothy Sullivan, depot commander, an analysis of his command.
"When a new commander comes in, we look at all areas that don't fall under production and quality," said Col. Jeanne Hooper, who led the TACOM LCMC team. "It gives the commander an outside assessment from higher headquarters."
Hooper said this inspection was held seven months after Sullivan took command at ANAD because of the implementation of the Army's Logistics Modernization Program.
Of the four areas not rated outstanding, three were listed as satisfactory and one area, performance management, received an unsatisfactory rating.
The rating came from performance appraisals that were more than 40 percent delinquent; an issue inspectors said was a problem area throughout TACOM LCMC.
Hooper said it is typical for the team to find areas that are a problem throughout all TACOM LCMC's depots and arsenals.
"The inspection allows us to see areas across the board that need assistance and, usually, these issues can be found within our headquarters as well," said Hooper.
This was the first TACOM LCMC inspection performed at ANAD, though most of the depot's sister installations have gone through two assessments. According to members of the inspection team, this is likely because Col. S. B. Keller, the depot's commander from 2007 to 2010, was already in command when TACOM LCMC began to perform inspections.
Hooper said the inspection compares processes from each of the nine administrative areas to their Army regulations, ensuring proper procedures are being met.
"Retirements and transfers often leave an information gap," said Hooper. "This brings each process back to regulation."
The nine areas inspected are: personnel and administration, intelligence and security, operations, logistics, plans, signal, training, finance and contracts, and civil affairs. Additionally, the team looked at internal review and compliance, public affairs, safety, equal employment, protocol, the small business program, purchase card program and the quality assurance program.
During the March 31 outbrief, Sullivan said the inspection had done much more than give him an assessment of the depot, it also allowed TACOM LCMC and depot employees to meet their counterparts and put a face to the person they often spoke with on the phone or via e-mail.
He was pleased with the outcome of the inspection and thanked the inspectors for their hard work.
"Here at Anniston, we already know we are great. But, it's nice to have your team come down and tell us we are great," said Sullivan.
Maj. Gen. Kurt Stein, commanding general for TACOM LCMC, also made an appearance, via video teleconference, at the outbrief. He expressed his thanks to the inspection team and said he wasn't surprised by how well ANAD performed.
"I don't think you can get any better than that," Stein said of the 43 outstanding ratings, "but I expected that from Anniston."