By Lt. Col. Mary "Crickett" LeMasters, Defense Logistics Agency Customer Service Representative, TACOM LCMC Rock IslandMay 16, 2008
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill -- Defense Supply Center Columbus Commander Brig. Gen. Patricia E. McQuistion's May 1 visit to the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, the Army Sustainment Command and TACOM Life Cycle Management Command Rock Island focused on Defense Logistics Agency support to the Army.
Col. Craig S. Cotter, JMTC commander, met with McQuistion and conducted a tour of the manufacturing area highlighting artillery, armor, mobile maintenance and small arms parts and gages. Of particular interest was the factory's new small arms parts cell. The small arms part cell is a shining example of interagency cooperation and has resulted in an increased level of support to the warfighter.
Following her visit to the JMTC, McQuisition met with Maj. Gen. Robert M. Radin, Army Sustainment Command commander, to discuss the M1114 HMMWV repair and transfer program, theater refurbishment program and DLA support of field-level reset.
Redding Hobby, ASC executive director for field support chaired a roundtable discussion with McQuistion, the DSCC delegation and the ASC field support staff. McQuistion stated that DSCC seeks to develop better alignment to ensure DLA is positioned to meet parts requirements for field level reset.
At TACOM LCMC Rock Island, McQuistion met with Jerry Jackson, site manager, who gave the organization's overview. She also received briefings on non-Army managed items, small arms readiness evaluation teams and chemical biological equipment repair teams. Jackson and McQuistion discussed joint strategies to increase support for small arms.