DLA Distribution’s first material processing center officially opens in Salalah, Oman

By Navy Cmdr. Erik Naley DLA Distribution Public Affairs

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DLA Distribution Salalah, Oman held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new material processing center on Feb. 9. DLA Energy’s commanding general, Air Force Brig. Gen. Martin A. Chapin officiated the ceremony.

Salalah, Oman was chosen for the new MPC because it provides an efficient and effective joint solution including material aggregation, trans-shipment, short-term storage and delivery functions for visiting U.S. Navy vessels and other U.S. customers in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. This will reduce overall costs to individual services and logistics response time to USCENTCOM, USNAVCENT and other forces operating in the region.

“This is a part of what the Defense Logistics Agency does; leveraging capabilities, providing solutions to the Warfighter, and leaving a positive impact globally,” explained Paul McMillan, an area manager with DLA Disposition Europe.

The MPC meets USCENTCOM requirements via DLA Distribution’s worldwide contingency contract, and executes assigned missions through the diligent application of institutional processes, professional employees and enterprise business systems.

“The cutting of this ribbon not only recognizes all of the pre-planning, reviewing, coordination and construction it has taken to get to this milestone—it also serves to celebrate the partnership between DLA and its strategic partners, and the support that DLA Distribution Salalah Oman provides our customers,” said DLA Distribution Bahrain’s deputy commander, Peter Boone.

“This MPC is a testament of the partnership and friendship between the U.S. and Oman,” said Chapin.

Renovation of Warehouse 5 began on July 30, 2016 and became fully operational on October 27, 2016 as the DLA Distribution Salalah, Oman material processing center.

In addition to Chapin, the official party consisted of Hamdan Al Hinai, director of procurement and contracts, Office of the Secretary General, Ministry of Defence; David Gledhill, chief executive officer, Port of Salalah; Army Col. Eric J. Larson, senior defense official and defense attaché, US Embassy Muscat;  and Paul McMillan.