DLA, Marine Corps officials refine logistics support

By Beth Reece

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Weapons systems support and backorder reductions topped the agenda of the annual Marine Corps, DLA Day at McNamara Headquarters Complex June 13.

The event, led by DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Mike Dana, deputy commandant of installations and logistics for the Marines, is held to foster greater collaboration and service readiness.

Dana applauded DLA for making great strides in improving logistics support to the Marine Corps.

“After three years in this job, I’m a big fan of DLA,” he said. “You’re what makes the American military different, with deployable reach to provide sustainment. You have a great command climate and attitude. I appreciate the support.”

Williams echoed Dana’s appreciation for the increased efficiencies and transparency gained in recent years.

“The reason you see the room so full today is one, all of the great issues that we’re working back and forth, and two, I think it’s a tribute to your internal team and great work and collaboration that they’ve brought forward,” the director said. “There’s a lot of mutual respect on all sides, and as a result a lot of great things have gotten done and will continue to happen.”

The group reviewed the status of the service’s top 25 equipment backorders. Though backorders have been reduced for 12 systems, they’ve increased for six systems due to a significant rise in order volume and the recent reassignment of Marine Corps–managed items to DLA. Officials will continue focusing on three to six weapons systems each month to reduce backorders, with a special focus on improving forecasting for operating forces.

Other topics included the USMC Supply Management Unit Operational Retail Support Initiative; the Marine Corps Logistics Command Inventory Management Business Case Analysis; and capability integration between DLA and the Distribution Management Office at Marine Corps Air Base Iwakuni, Japan.