CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, May 2, 2017 —
The DLA Distribution Corpus Christi, Texas, Preservation, Packaging, Packing, and Marking Team was awarded the Frances L. Scranton DLA Distribution Packaging Achievement Award for its vigilance in protecting customer assets and implementing cost-saving measures.
Although many of the items the 22-member team is responsible for packing are expensive and hard to handle, over the past year the team successfully processed nearly 50,000 projects to protect aviation assets valued at over $2 billion.
Furthermore, the team matured a pilot program into a full scope effort to package all rotary wing main blades at the point of production within host Corpus Christi Army Depot to avoid the movement of unprotected bare items. This initiative led to the successful packaging of more than 2,200 main rotary blades valued at over $156 million without incident. This concerted effort between CCAD and DLA Distribution Corpus Christi, Texas resulted in the complete elimination of bare item main blade movement as well as an estimated reduction of 500 man-hours.
The team also expeditiously processed hundreds of high priority requisitions, such as Air Force Mission Incapable, Army Aircraft on Ground, Navy Casualty Report, Super Material Release Orders, and Transportation Priority 1 requisitions, ensuring they met processing timelines and provided the Warfighter with expedited DLA Distribution support. The team ensured an adequate supply of stock was readily available to the workforce, resulting in zero work stoppages.
In accordance with Special Packaging Instructions from an array of service packaging references, the PPP&M Box Shop constructed over 27,000 board feet of wood packing materials in the building and/or refurbishment of wooden crates to protect customer assets.
The team saved nearly $107,000 in materials by utilizing an aggressive approach to managing a re-utilization program for wooden crates. Together, the group realized significant labor and material cost savings through a coordinated effort for the return of nearly 2,000 reusable wooden crates with their supported tenant commands. They also expanded a reutilization program for fiberboard, bubble wrap, and other packaging supplies that led to an estimated annual savings of $10,000.
“The team aggressively responded to customer requirements and concerns for the level of protection material receives during storage and shipping and exhibited great stewardship. Their efforts reflect great credit upon themselves, DLA Distribution Corpus Christi, Texas, and the entire Defense packaging community,” said commander Army Lt. Col. Brian Richie.