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Defense Supply Center Columbus hails as the Land and
Maritime Supply Chain headquarters for the Defense Logistics Agency with over 3,000 employees in 51 locations
around the world. These locations include Columbus, Richmond, Philadelphia, Mechanicsburg, Norfolk Naval
Shipyard and Puget Naval Shipyard. DSCC also has employees forward located with Army, Navy and Marine
Corps customers throughout the states and in theatre – extending its footprint to better ensure end-to-
end supply chain management.
DSCC manages 2.1 million items, and supports more than
145,000 customers throughout the military services, civil agencies, and other Department of Defense
organizations. DSCC awards over 707,000 contracts annually, supports nearly 1,400 weapon systems,
handles over 6.7 million orders on a yearly basis, with annual sales topping $3.5 billion.
It is a unique installation that capitalizes on the
synergy of state, federal and defense organizations such as the Ohio National Guard and Reserves, a brand new
Veterans Administration Clinic, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and Defense Information Systems
Agency, which are collocated on or near the site.
This center has served in every major military
engagement since World War I. America's production effort in World War I arrived at an impasse in 1918 when
transportation lines to ports of embarkation for troops and materials became filled to capacity. There was a
clear need for a new military depot and although the Columbus site was a combination of swamp and farmland, it
was advantageous because it afforded immediate access to three important railroad lines. The U.S. Army
Quartermaster Corps made the first purchase of land, 281 acres, to construct a government military
installation in April, 1918. Warehouse construction began in May of that year, and by August, six warehouses
were receiving materiel for storage. Those original warehouses remained in use through the 1990s, but were
demolished in 2000.
After WWI the installation's operations were reduced to
the conditioning and sale of the stockpiles of materiel which had been needed in wartime. At the start of
WWII, acquisition of additional acreage almost doubled the size of the installation as the civilian workforce
rose to well over 10,000. This expansion made the Columbus Quartermaster Depot, as it was then known, the
largest and busiest military supply installation in the world. During the final 11 months of the war, the
depot housed more than 400 German prisoners of war.
Amidst the wars, the conflicts and humanitarian relief
efforts, the men and women of the installation worked continuously to establish direct and fast moving supply
lines to support our troops in all parts of the world.
The installation's operational activities were assigned
to the U.S. Army Supply and Maintenance Command in July 1962. The following year, it became the Defense
Construction Supply Center under what is presently known as the Defense Logistics Agency.
DEFENSE SUPPLY CENTER COLUMBUS
In January 1996 the Defense Construction Supply Center
was merged with the Defense Electronics Supply Center formerly of Dayton, Ohio, to arrive at its 14th name
change, the Defense Supply Center Columbus.
The Center's 1996 reorganization was a product of the
1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission's ordered merger. Decisions made during BRAC 1995 transitioned
the center to a total weapon systems management posture.
The BRAC 2005 Commission noted that the Defense Supply
Center Columbus had the ability to expand and take on new missions. These changes had a positive impact on the
procurement landscape at Defense Supply Center Columbus, and are part of an ongoing process.
Today, the Defense Supply Center Columbus is host to 26
tenant organizations on the 530-acre site. DLA Land and Maritime continues to have a profound impact on
national defense by supplying the armed forces with $3 billion worth of materiel annually.
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