Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet commander visits DSCR

By Leon Moore DLA Aviation Public Affairs

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Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, traveled to Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, to meet with Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Linda Hurry and other top DLA Aviation leadership Jan. 31.

General Hurry said she was extremely pleased with how the engagement with Rear Adm. Kelley went.

“We had an extremely productive session that highlighted DLA efforts to support the Naval Aviation Enterprise. Rear Adm. Kelley agreed this was a team sport; our teams will work side-by-side to increase readiness of our warfighters through a heightened focus on forecasting, demand planning, Rhino Readiness, and expansion of our Captains of Industry-Supplier initiatives,” said Hurry.

Navy Capt. Mark Harris, division chief, Navy Customer Facing Division, Customer Operations Directorate, DLA Aviation, said Kelley’s visit was two-fold: to have a better grasp of what DLA Aviation is as an activity, and to understand what logistics and supply support tools DLA and DLA Aviation can bring to improve naval aviation readiness. 

“This visit is very important on three levels. First, it strengthens the operational and tactical level partnership between DLA Aviation and our Navy fleet customer.  Second, it shows the customer that we are aligned with their fleet readiness priorities.  And third, it allows DLA to showcase analytics and products that will have positive contributions to material availability and responsiveness in both the near and long term,” said Harris. 

Harris said operational level support, F/A-18 Rhino Readiness recovery, industrial level support, and strategic actions using Captains of Industry-Supplier Capability Contracts and continuous process improvement efforts to reduce material delay were some of the items covered during the meeting. 

Kelley said he came away from the engagement with an extremely positive impression. 

“This was a very worthwhile visit. When I write my trip report, I will be advising Vice Adm. Miller that a visit here with Linda [Hurry] and Charlie [Lilli, DLA Aviation deputy commander] is worth his time and understanding.  I now have a greater appreciation for DLA overall and what they can do to help make readiness better,” he said.

Kelley was referring to Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Kelley’s West Coast counterpart.