ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Alan F. Estevez, assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness, toured Anniston Army Depot May 23 to view the installation's capabilities and discuss its potential with Depot Commander Col. Timothy Sullivan and other depot leaders.

"Whenever we have the chance to showcase our capabilities for a visitor like Mr. Estevez, it is a great opportunity for the depot," said Sullivan.

The small group of visitors, which included Dwight Dwyer, Army Materiel Command G4, toured the installation's new Small Arms Repair Facility, which opened Jan. 20; the Combat Vehicle Repair Facility, a building with five acres of floor space dedicated to rebuilding military vehicles; the Powertrain Flexible Maintenance Facility, which opened in 2009; and the depot's Turbine Engine Repair Facility, which won the Shingo Bronze Medallion in 2007 for process optimization.

"Mr. Estevez was impressed with the work Anniston does for the Army and other branches of the military," said Sullivan. "He sees the potential here in the workforce and in our facilities."

Sullivan said the leadership talked with Estevez about the depot's capacity, both in peacetime and during war, showcasing the modernization the depot has undergone, both in new facilities built on the installation and in older buildings that have been refurbished to meet current and future workload demands.

Public-private partnerships, which Anniston have built and nourished over the years, were also discussed, such as the work share agreements with General Dynamics Land Systems and BAE Systems, both of whom have a strong presence on the installation and often work side-by-side with depot employees.

"Our public-private partnerships, or P3s, are strategic agreements we have made to increase our workload and position the depot for the future," said Sullivan.