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News | July 22, 2015

Oklahoma City team wins Francis L. Scranton DLA Distribution Packaging Achievement Award

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs DLA Distribution

The Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Oklahoma City, Okla., Preservation, Packaging, Packing and Marking team has been presented the Francis L. Scranton DLA Distribution Packaging Achievement Award for its accomplishments in improving both on and off-base efficiency and effectiveness. 

The team improved customer support by reducing Z to A time from approximately three days to two days, a 32 percent reduction. Z to A time measures the time that elapses between when an Air Force craftsman repairs a component, and DLA processes a receipt, which updates the serviceable balance within the Distribution Standard System. They also increased the production of packaged items from a nearly $7 million workload in fiscal year 2013 to a nearly $15 million packaged in fiscal year 2014, more than a 54 percent increase.

The team exceeded high-priority Material Release Orders’ on time goal of 85 percent within one day by over 4 percent. This significantly contributed to the ability to cut the average KC-135 aircraft programmed depot maintenance time from over 220 days to about 110 days for over 50 KC-135 PDM’s a year.

“The PPP&M team’s efforts improved the distribution center’s operation support by continuously exceeding performance goals,” said DLA Distribution Oklahoma City, Okla., director Ned LaViolette.

Utilizing good stewardship the PPP&M team avoided a loss of $800,000 by salvaging and reutilizing 42 percent of the tools the Air Force was turning into DLA Disposition. By deploying 16 additional tool boxes of reutilized tools throughout the PPP&M branch, they were able to increase the operational workstations by 40 percent. This initiative resulted in a 20 percent increase in productivity.

Furthermore, the team coordinated work packaging material heat chamber inspections with Package Research Laboratory inspectors and received 100 percent compliance certification, allowing them to ship crated material worldwide without issue.

 “This exceptional group worked well in cross-functional requirements that brought them into a unique level of team unity,” said LaViolette.  “They used their resources effectively and developed new tools that empowered the entire Oklahoma City family to strive beyond superior performance.”