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News | Aug. 14, 2015

Oklahoma City’s Freed awarded Global Distribution Excellence: Inventory Management Civilian of the Year

By Brianne M. Bender DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Lance Freed, a general supply specialist with the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Oklahoma City, Okla., has been awarded the Global Distribution Excellence: Inventory Management Civilian of the Year Award for his contributions to the distribution center’s inventory accuracy and performance.

Freed’s responsibilities include reviewing, distributing and monitoring the daily physical inventory workload for a team of nine individuals. He is considered instrumental in the physical investigation and the “over $500,000” causative research efforts.

Known as the resident expert in finding material through the 11 major warehouses and $11 billion account, Freed executes physical searches in which he locates and recovers an average of $350,000 in assets monthly. These in-depth searches result in an annual average issue denial rate of .31 percent exceeding the DLA Distribution goal by over 22 percent.

“Mr. Freed’s dedication to Global Distribution Excellence is apparent in his unrelenting pursuit to achieve inventory integrity with supports “The Right Part-to the Right Place-At the Right Time,” said Ned LaViolette, DLA Distribution Oklahoma City, Okla., director.

Serving as an on-the-job training expert, Freed has logged approximately 300 hours with seven new branch employees, covering a wide spectrum of updated processes and requirements for grades WG-5 through GS-12. Additionally, he has spent nearly 500 hours during the year doing spot training in other functional areas.

Known for his distribution expertise, Freed is always willing to help internal and external customers. While accommodating about 30 requests by phone, instant message and emails each day, walk-in requests contribute to about 45 percent of his day.

“Despite his workload, Mr. Freed is able to facilitate customer satisfaction,” said LaViolette. “He sets standards for all to emulate.”

Finally, as a Voluntary Protection Program advocate, Freed has been without a safety incident or accident for well over 365 days.

“Mr. Freed’s professionalism and demonstrated knowledge have made him an integral part of the DLA Distribution Oklahoma City team,” explained LaViolette.