News | June 6, 2022

DLA Land and Maritime inventory management specialist receives Agency recognition

By Kristin Molinaro DLA Land and Maritime Public Affairs

A Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime inventory management specialist was selected as the DLA Director’s Strategic Goals Award winner for second quarter, fiscal year 2022 for his work supporting fiscal stewardship.

Joshua Cline, of the Land Supplier Directorate, was recognized for his efforts executing inventory management recommendations at Land and Maritime that resulted in increased customer satisfaction and financial stewardship. He sought opportunities to better support the warfighter through identifying recouped stock and petitioning for breach of protected stock approvals to allow his team to resolve multiple priority backorders. In one case noted in his award nomination, Cline developed a creative supply chain solution to address his team’s number three degrader by working with the material planner of record to locate and recoup retail assets from a verified government contractor. Through much cross-process and cross-organizational coordination, Cline verified the assets were acceptable to return to DLA stock and coordinated the process to obtain the material. Through his efforts, the most urgent backorders associated with the stock item were cleared and it dropped down to the team’s number 22 degrader.

Cline was also credited with analyzing the demands of more than 4,000 National Stock Numbers to identify over-procurements driven by system planning logic. He coordinated a re-evaluation of these items and updates to stocking levels, saving the Agency nearly $350,000 in working capital funds that can be reinvested into higher priority weapon systems needs.

“There are no challenges that he cannot overcome and, when given the opportunity, he excels at providing results that make a positive impact for the entire Agency,” said his nominator Don Schulze, deputy director for Land Supplier Operations.