By Ms. Lori K Mcdonald (AMC)November 20, 2007
Once again the welcome mat was rolled out for Maj. Gen. William M. Lenaers, TACOM-LCMC Commanding General, during his two day visit to Sierra Army Depot in October.
Lt. Col. Lee H. Schiller, Jr., depot commander, and Mr. Donald C. Olson, deputy commander, presented an overview of our current missions and where the focus of the depot is directed.
Following the briefings, Schiller escorted Lenaers to building 672, where depot employees are working with employees from Anniston Army Depot in parts reclamation.
On day two, Lenaers began the visit by recognizing individuals that were instrumental in the successful year-end closeout. During this time, Lenaers talked about how Sierra continues to grow. "Most changing place in TACOM. SIAD is a living organism," said Lenaers.
He talked about our current missions and the good reputation Sierra has because of the people that work here.
Following the presentation of coins, the group began a tour of our current operations. Upon entering building 208, Mr. Billy Rowland, maintenance supervisor, discussed the new work cells that were created to modernize the electrical subcomponents for the 3K Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Units. Rowland talked about the cost savings on the ROWPUs since SIAD started building the pumps instead of buying from a vendor.
The disassembly of excess medical materiel was the next stop. Mr. Christopher Powers, supervisor, talked about the 32 Reserve Component Hospital Decrements being reduced down to 21 RCHDs, and how items removed from the excess hospitals will be used to fill shortages in the remaining hospitals. Lenaers stated that it would be great having hospitals in a ready state for Homeland Security in case of a disaster like Hurricane Katrina.
One of the most impressive areas that he went through was building 363 where a Lean event for the Fuel System Supply Point was occurring. Mr. Danny Colgain, supervisor, walked Lenaers through how the system is inventoried, labeled and stored, as well as a demonstration of a system being assembled. Colgain explained how the Lean event added efficiencies to the processes for building the FSSP. Prior to leaving the area, Lenaers was able to see a completed FSSP system in containers.
The last stop of the tour was in the Reverse Pipeline Initiative area, otherwise known as AJ1. Mr. John Dingman, AJ1 director, described the changes that have taken place since Lenaers' last visit. Dingman began by talking about the receipt accuracy and recent field inventory. He said we are tracking accuracy by comparing the RFID tag information with the receipt documents and the material in the containers as they arrive.
A brief discussion took place on how sensitive items are received, stored and shipped. From there, the topic of pseudo receipts was discussed. Mr. Donald Olson, deputy commander, brought up the fact these type of receipts will post materiel when we have not actually received them in stock. This is a major cause of denials because when a Material Release Order is received to ship these items, they are not in stock. Olson stated we are working through this.
Lenaers was pleased on the process the depot uses for rotating excess material. The depot works closely with NAMI-PSID in rotating stock. The NAMI-PSID runs a cycle every quarter and if they cannot gain a sale from Defense Logistics Agency, and there is no Worldwide demand for the stock, then the depot receives a document to turn the items into the Defense Reutilization Marketing Office.
Before conclusion of the tour, Lenaers stated several times the progress that has been made within the AJ1 receiving (especially working down the 463L pallets and backlogged containers), shipping, and automation.
After the tour and briefings were all complete, Lenaers made an appearance at Sierra's Employee Appreciation Day where he thanked employees for the work they are doing to support the soldier.