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LCMC makes strides amid evolutionary changes

By Colie Young | | July 13, 2000

The Life Cycle Management Center is Materiel Commands force enabler for sustaining fielded systems in support of Marine Corps operating forces.
Some sections of the LCMC will become part of a Product Management Center the Systems Command is currently developing.The center employs more than 1,000 military and civilian employees in 10 divisions and offices, and operates in a very complex Department of Defense logistics network environment.
The center comes under the cognizance of Brig. Gen. (sel.) Richard S. Kramlich, commander of Marine Corps Logistics Bases.
The Life Cycle Management Center is currently undergoing an evolutionary, if not revolutionary, change in the field of logistics and in the way business is conducted, according to LCMC leaders. Technology changes and ever-decreasing dollars dictate streamlining, cooperation and teamwork.
However, despite all the on-going changes, LCMC personnels service to customers continues to be outstanding and professional.
LCMC personnel are an integral part of what has become an increasingly complex DoD logistics network, said Col. William Johnson, LCMC director.
The very rules or principles that governed how we organized, equipped ourselves and conducted business have changed.
I am pleased in the way that the Marines and civilian-Marines have pulled together through these tough times, Johnson continued. Their efforts have remained super!
LCMCs mission is to plan and execute logistics support for the Fleet Marine Force through weapon system management, according to the centers website.
One on-going initiative of LCMC is to integrate the worldwide management of secondary repairables for the Marine Corps, Johnson added. This will require forming a fleet-repairable, issue-point management office within the LCMC to run the program.
Initially it will take active duty Marine experience to stand up, but it will require heavy civilian participation for continuity once things get established and operations begin, Johnson said.
Two IPTs [integrated product teams) have been chartered to establish the most efficient organization possible to support cradle-to-grave product management at SysCom and supply chain management at Albany, said Lt. Col. Thomas Barker, LCMC operations officer. 
Fred J. Howard, deputy director of LCMC, heads the Supply Chain Management Integrated Product Team to enhance the teams ability to interface and interact functionally with Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va.
The IPTs are using integrated computer-aided, manufacturing-definition language modeling and process mapping, as well as information from past studies, to aid in defining initiatives that will produce quick fix efficiencies and flag other areas that will need further review.
Process improvements and organizational structure recommendations are expected by Dec. 8.
These improvements have caused the employees of LCMC to shift offices and endure other changes. Still, the devotion, efforts and achievements of LCMC personnel remain at its usual high standard.
In March of this year, the centers Motor Transport Branch, along with the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement Program Office at Marine Corps Systems Command, received the Department of Defense David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award for the MTVR.
The MTVR is a joint program shared by the Army and the Marine Corps that evolved into a Marine Corps acquisition category II, new vehicle program. It replaces the existing fleet of M809 and M939/A1 series of medium tactical trucks.
One of the attributes required for nomination of the Packard Award were reduction of life cycle costs.
The competitive contracting approach resulted in multi-year; firm-fixed, level-unit pricing which showed reap savings of approximately 8 percent over annualized or bases year/options contracting.
Also cited as  required attributes for the award was the best value for the Government and integrating Defense with commercial best practices. 
As the LCMC director, Johnson is taking steps to ensure center employees morale level continues to increase. He has also fostered a team concept throughout the center.
In May, the center sponsored a picnic that included games designed to encourage teamwork and cooperation. Future events of this nature will be a routine part of the centers pursuit to strengthen teamwork and partnership among employees.
The centers overall goal remains the same, to provide customers the optimum service possible at the lowest cost to the taxpayer.