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News | July 27, 2016

Corpus Christi’s Garza receives Global Distribution Excellence: Storage and Distribution Civilian of the Year award

By Missy Wright DLA Distribution Public Affairs


Enrique Garza, distribution process worker at Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Corpus Christi, Texas, has been awarded the Global Distribution Excellence: Storage and Distribution Civilian of the Year award for being a key member of the Preservation, Packaging, Packing, and Marking Team.

Garza is an integral part of the overall packaging team that processed more than 49,500 assets valued at nearly $1.5 billion in FY15.  Garza properly processed 536 assets valued at nearly $85 million. He handled many complex aviation assets in the bulk packaging area, all of which required manual and material handling equipment due to size and/or weight. His attention to detail and safety first attitude ensured all lifts, whether by hoist, forklift, or manual, were completed safely and without incident. 

In support of Corpus Christi Army Depot, he de-packed 740 bulk aviation assets, valued at more than $150 million, via Material Release Orders, and safely secured those assets for transportation via the proper transport conveyances, also incident free.

Garza handled the Kind Condition Counts on over 600 assets and processed each for induction and stow with 100 percent accountability.  He conducted over 400 main aircraft engine and transmission fluid draining operations for assets being processed for DLA Disposition, ensuring all hazardous waste was properly documented and properly disposed of in accordance with Navy Environmental regulations.

Receiving zero discrepancies from Supply Discrepancy Reports in 2015, Garza proved his strong technical expertise in the packaging field. Overall, his contributions helped DLA Distribution Corpus Christi to vastly exceed the Incoming Supply Discrepancy Report goal of 0.25 percent, with a rate of 0.05 percent for calendar year 2015.

Supporting the distribution center’s Audit Readiness requirements, he completed all Audit Readiness process certifications within the Preservation Packaging Packing and Marking Division, and is often the source of knowledge for his peers.

Garza initiated several process improvements and safety enhancements, most notably, upgrading the spreader bar and sling program. He worked together in a coordinated effort with a professional rigger that resulted in providing expert technical advice on proper sling support that led to specially designed slings to properly and safely lift a variety of aviation assets. This process had an immediate impact on the production and safety of the workforce. 

In recognition of his accomplishments, he was also selected as the Preservation Packaging Packing and Marking Division employee of the quarter for third quarter of fiscal year 2015. Garza and his team were recognized for the expeditious relocation of stock assets to DLA Distribution Barstow, Calif., in preparation of hurricane season. The team packed and shipped 961 assets, valued at $186 million, ensuring the safe storage of these assets. This also freed up over 75 thousand cubic feet of valuable storage space for DLA Distribution Corpus Christi.

“An outstanding employee, Garza sets the standard for his co-workers to follow. His initiative and commitment to the strategic objectives of the distribution center were witnessed everyday by his supervisors and co-workers,” said DLA Distribution Corpus Christi commander Army Lt. Col. Brian Richie.