News | Feb. 12, 2016

Strategic Goals Award winners announced for fourth quarter, fiscal 2015

By Chris Erbe

DLA Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Andy Busch announced the winners of the DLA Strategic Goals Award for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. This quarterly award recognizes the contributions made by teams or individuals toward achieving the goals set forth in the DLA Strategic Plan.
The winners are:

  • DLA Disposition Services Expeditionary Operations Team in the Warfighter First category.
  • DLA Distribution Europe Warehousing Division Team, also in the Warfighter First category.
  • DLA Information Operations Onboarding Team in the People and Culture category.
  • DLA Energy Department of Defense Inspector General Assessment Team in the Financial Stewardship category.
  • DLA Strategic Plans and Policy Supply Chain Integration Council in the Process Excellence category.
The five awardees were selected from among 23 superb nominations, Busch stated in his announcement memorandum.

“Their efforts exemplify the DLA vision to deliver the right solution on time, every time, while adhering to our core values of integrity, resiliency, diversity, innovation, accountability and excellence,” he wrote.

The DLA Disposition Services Expeditionary Operations Team was recognized for significantly improving the previously decentralized expeditionary capabilities by combining them into a single program that coordinates the manning, equipping, training and resourcing requirements of an expeditionary force. Establishing four expeditionary site sets, this team projected and sustained the expeditionary force by filling the manning and equipment requirements for contingency operations in Afghanistan, Liberia and Nepal. The team also delivered training on providing disposition services in forward deployed and austere locations to approximately 300 members of the force.

The DLA Distribution Europe Warehousing Division Team was recognized for standing up the first Army Global Combat Support System to manage critical non-DLA Army repair parts that had previously kept major combat systems down for extended periods. The team built a system of 900 line items and improved the readiness of the European Activity Set by an estimated 65 percent. Because of DLA Distribution Europe’s quick response time and excellent service, the Army requested 1,500 lines be placed under a special requirements category, looking to DLA to manage their stocks.

The DLA Information Operations Onboarding Team was recognized for achieving a greater than 85-percent reduction time to onboard civilian, military and contractor employees and subsequently achieved $1.4 million savings per year in labor cost through automation. Its efforts enabled DLA to retain high performing and valued employees by providing timely access to the tools, training and systems needed to be productive on arrival, supporting both mission readiness and increased employee morale.

The DLA Energy Department of Defense Inspector General Assessment Team was recognized for providing assistance to the DoD IG as it conducted an assessment of key management assertions identified in the Financial Improvement Audit Readiness Guidance, as directed by DoD. The DLA Energy Team arranged logistics for the DoD IG and DLA Energy personnel as they traveled to 38 selected sites. The team identified primary contacts, ensured that site personnel were briefed on the intent of the visit and acted as a liaison between the DoD IG and site personnel. The Energy team’s active participation in these inspections was invaluable in making DLA Energy audit ready in accordance with FIAR requirements.

The DLA Strategic Plans and Policy Supply Chain Integration Council was recognized for serving as the official governance forum and Enterprise Process Management collaboration and action body, which aided in the development of the overarching EPM architecture. At the direction of the DLA director, the SCI spearheaded the search for the next "Time to Award" initiative. The SCI also reviewed more than 29 potential Continuous Process Improvement opportunities and presented recommendations for change to the DLA Executive Board for the director's consideration. The long-term efficiencies gained by DLA as a result of the work of the SCI will provide for increased savings to the taxpayer through the development of reliable and efficient processes to support America's warfighters.