Two leaders from Marine Corps Systems Command, the service’s acquisition authority, visited Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support April 5 to learn how the agency could expand support in equipping Marines.
Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Madeline, product manager for Reconnaissance and Amphibious Raids, said that it was a worthwhile visit, emphasizing the potential to draw on the collaborative efforts Clothing and Textiles and the Army have done in managing uniforms and clothing items.
“There’s a lot of hard working folks here,” Madeline said. “We’ll see if we can leverage some of that work for us and save some money in the process.”
Madeline will become the program manager for individual clothing and combat equipment when a reorganization within MCSC takes effect this summer.
Marine Sgt. Maj. Gary Smith, MCSC senior enlisted Marine, said that each of the five supply chains’ briefings opened his eyes to what DLA Troop Support can provide.
“This will absolutely be beneficial to the Marine Corps,” Smith said. “We can reach out to DLA for what they bring to the table and we’ll never go it alone again.”
Smith said that he’ll inform his workforce about the depth and breadth of support that DLA Troop Support can bring to Marines.
“If my workforce becomes more aware of what DLA Troop Support has to offer here, they can maximize their work,” Smith said. “We all have to come together and maximize the opportunities DLA brings.”
Smith said he’s already planning another trip here to strengthen future endeavors between DLA and the Marine Corps.
“It’s all about relationships and partnerships,” Smith said. “We’re going to build bridges to set us up for success down the road.”