MCLB Albany meets goals of military transformation;
By Cpl. Nicholas Tremblay
| | November 14, 2002
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- With the U.S. military currently fighting the war on terrorism, American forces are ready to deploy at a moment's notice. But once they are deployed, supply depots across the country must be capable of quickly and efficiently providing deployed forces with mission-critical items, the undersecretary of defense for logistics and materiel said Friday during a news conference held here.
The U.S. military has not been in a major armed conflict since Desert Storm/Desert Shield in 1991, and was in a cold-war state of operation until 9/11. Military installations across the country are now transforming into 21st century fighting force, said Diane K. Morales, deputy under secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness, during her visit to MCLB Albany.
Future Logistics Enterprise is the program in which this transformation is being made, said Morales. She is visiting various installations to ensure this transformation is underway.
While visiting Albany she was not surprised with what she saw, said Morales.
"There is genuine transformation taking place in all areas of MatCom [Marine Corps Materiel Command]," said Morales. "I knew I would not be disappointed. The Marines have been extraordinarily aggressive in this command by being innovative in becoming more responsive to the warfighter. I have been most impressed with everything I have seen."
Before this transformation began Morales visited the base and other depots in the '90s. Thinking back on those visits she remembered that the depots had a very industrial look to them, she said. She recalled there was a film of dirt on almost everything and equipment and parts were strewn about.
During Morales' recent visit to Albany, she reported seeing a positive and significant change at the Maintenance Center here.
"You can go in and practically eat off the floor," said Morales. "There are definite commercial lean-lines of production and operation.
"They are getting the weapons systems in, fixed, and out to the warfighter in a much shorter period of time using fewer people and reducing the cost dramatically," she said. "But at the same time the quality is increasing."
With all of these findings, Morales said she was not surprised, because she expects the very best from Marines.
"What I've found is that they have taken all the commercial best business practices and capitalized on them by adding some of their own innovations," said Morales. "They should be very proud with what they have become."