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Logistics management specialist garners Civilian Logistician of the Year Award

By Steve Reynolds | | April 19, 2013


A Marine Corps Logistics Command Civilian-Marine has recently been named the Marine Corps’ Civilian Logistician of the Year for 2012.
John Estep, logistics management specialist, Weapons Systems Management Center, MCLC, was recognized for his achievement at the Ground Logistics Excellence Awards Dinner held in Arlington, Va., March 14.
Estep was presented a trophy by Lt. Gen. William Faulkner, deputy commandant for Installations and Logistics and retired Lt. Gen. Richard Kramlich, former DC, I&L and commander, Marine Corps Logistics Bases Albany, Ga.
Estep notched this top honor for his work while assigned as MCLC Defense Logistics Information Services Liaison in Battle Creek, Mich., in support of MCLC’s Provisioning Cataloging Initiative.
Reflecting on his achievement, Estep, a former Marine, says that he is honored to receive the Civilian Logistician of the Year Award.
“It was rewarding working with Marine Corps Logistics Command, Marine Corps Systems Command and Defense Logistics Agency to provide the necessary support to meet the needs of the individual Marine,” he said. “Even though this was a great accomplishment, there is much more work to be done to make the process more efficient.”
Estep’s mission during this assignment was to foster an enterprise-wide collaborative environment between the Marine Corps and the Defense Logistics Agency to improve communication and data quality, identify and resolve systemic errors, develop process flows and identify training and resource requirements needed to support both new and legacy equipment.
He improved communication by initiating a process that dramatically enhanced communication between DLA and MCLC to resolve data discrepancies.
He also helped organize a cross-command initiative working group which consisted of subject matter experts from MCLC, MARCORSYSCOM and DLIS.
Estep was able to reduce turnaround time for national stock number processing from six months to three months.
He accomplished this by identifying and eliminating non-value added steps in each work flow.
As process gaps were identified, the appropriate steps and actions were initiated to help expedite the attainment of NSNs, which in turn would allow Marines and support personnel to procure, stock, store and issue assets throughout the federal and Marine Corps supply systems.
His efforts at DLIS resulted in the overall reduction of the provisioning, cataloging backlog by 89 percent, which had been resident at DLIS since 2008.
More than 130,500 NSNs were established, written and subsequently published within the federal cataloging system during the initiative’s 90-day period.
Approximately 12 percent of these make up the top 10 high priority projects to critical Marine Corps operational requirements and equipment.
Estep’s award-winning project enabled MCSC to release and induct fielded assets in excess of 200 million dollars into the Marine Corps supply chain management systems, making them available to the end users throughout the operating forces.
According to Lt. Col. Roni Meyerhoff, deputy director, WSMC, Estep’s work has saved hundreds of millions of dollars in the Marine Corps’ acquisition and sustainment expenditures.

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John Estep, center, logistics management specialist, Marine Corps Logistics Command, receives the Marine Corps’ 2012 Civilian Logistician of the Year trophy during the Ground Logistics Excellence Awards Dinner held in Arlington, Va., March 14.