A ribbon cutting ceremony recognizing the partnership between the Defense Logistics Agency and U.S. Coast Guard took place at the Uniform Distribution Center, Training Center Cape May, N.J., Feb. 23, 2022.
DLA Troop Support Executive Director of Contracting and Acquisition Management William J. Kenny helped cut the ribbon along with Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics Rear Adm. Carola List and the TCCM Executive Officer Cmdr. Brad Conway. C&T leaders also attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.
“This event is a testament of many years of planning, hard work and partnership,” Kenny said.
“Our Clothing and Textiles team has provided uniform items to new Coast Guard recruits for many years,” Kenny continued. “And for the past two years, our team helped develop infrastructure updates to improve the issuance process, including transitioning nearly 1,200 national stock number-listed items from the U.S. Coast Guard to DLA ownership.”
Kenny described some of the features and benefits of the new infrastructure, including reducing issuance time and improving stock accountability for better demand planning.
“This improved inventory model aligns with the support DLA currently provides to other military services’ recruit training centers,” he said.
Recruits began receiving uniforms under Troop Support’s new item management process in November 2021.
“Standing up this facility has been a valiant effort of partnership and collaboration between the Coast Guard, Defense Logistics Agency, Coast Guard Exchange and our dedicated vendor partners,” said the mistress of ceremony Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Sonya Leibowitz, deputy chief of the Office of Logistics Program Management Division.
List and team also visited Troop Support headquarters in Philadelphia a day ahead of the ribbon cutting ceremony to learn about the agency’s capabilities.
“My logistics team here … we’re looking for opportunities that we can leverage with DLA,” List said. “I think uniforms here, what we’re doing at Cape May, is just one part of it.”