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DLA Ogden (Part 3): Shop colocations save space, increase efficiency
Nanette West, hydraulics support branch chief in DLA Ogden’s commodities material support division, stands next to Lynn Taylor, chief of the division, in one of the Agency’s shop service centers at Hill Air Force Base. This SSC and others are undergoing a colocation process focused on returning usable production space to the Air Force and increasing the efficiency of DLA operations there. (Photo by Stephen J. Baker, DSCR Public Affairs)

Nanette West, hydraulics support branch chief in DLA Ogden’s commodities material support division, stands next to Lynn Taylor, chief of the division, in one of the Agency’s shop service centers at Hill Air Force Base. This SSC and others are undergoing a colocation process focused on returning usable production space to the Air Force and increasing the efficiency of DLA operations there. (Photo by Stephen J. Baker, DSCR Public Affairs)

 
Lynn Hansen, a material expeditor in DLA Ogden’s aircraft material support division at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, delivers a box of supplies to the shop service center that recently brought the division’s C-130 and F-16 branches together as part of ongoing SSC colocations there. Taller storage racks like those in the background were part of the solution for consolidating material from the two branches. (Photo by Stephen J. Baker, DSCR Public Affairs)

Lynn Hansen, a material expeditor in DLA Ogden’s aircraft material support division at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, delivers a box of supplies to the shop service center that recently brought the division’s C-130 and F-16 branches together as part of ongoing SSC colocations there. Taller storage racks like those in the background were part of the solution for consolidating material from the two branches. (Photo by Stephen J. Baker, DSCR Public Affairs)

 
DLA Ogden employees from the C-130 and F-16 branches in the aircraft material division at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, recently colocated in a single SSC. Pictured from left-to-right are members from the division: Sandy Wood; Jenny Loffredo; Karen Ross, F-16 branch chief; Phyllis Wolfe, C-130 branch chief; Torie Temple; Lynn Hansen; Tom Espinoza; Hollis Gulley, division chief; Eric Sullivan; Leonard Child; Wally Lund; Jerry Fuentes; and Janet Santos. (Photo by Stephen J. Baker, DSCR Public Affairs)

DLA Ogden employees from the C-130 and F-16 branches in the aircraft material division at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, recently colocated in a single SSC. Pictured from left-to-right are members from the division: Sandy Wood; Jenny Loffredo; Karen Ross, F-16 branch chief; Phyllis Wolfe, C-130 branch chief; Torie Temple; Lynn Hansen; Tom Espinoza; Hollis Gulley, division chief; Eric Sullivan; Leonard Child; Wally Lund; Jerry Fuentes; and Janet Santos. (Photo by Stephen J. Baker, DSCR Public Affairs)

DLA Ogden

By Stephen J. Baker, DSCR Public Affairs
June 17, 2009

A major ongoing colocation project is already showing signs of increased efficiency for Defense Logistics Agency employees at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

The project at DLA Ogden, which is managed by Defense Supply Center Richmond, Va., is focused on consolidating operations through colocation among 14 shop service centers, or SSCs, at eight of the base's buildings.

Heather Vickers, DLA Ogden Lean analyst, said that about 17,000 square feet of production space is being returned to the Air Force. In addition to a “cost savings to DLA associated with rent, facilities maintenance and utilities,” she said the project is also allowing workflows to be better organized. Lean Six Sigma is the business methodology used by DLA to analyze and improve processes to maximize efficiency.

The project was initiated within months of DLA Ogden being activated in July 2008 and involves the aircraft material support division; commodities material support division; and the electronics, missiles and software material support division.

“The C-130 SSC and F-16 SSC were located in two different places,” said Phyllis Wolfe, chief of the C-130 branch in aircraft material support. “The C-130 SSC had all the parts in the center of the hangar, and we figured it would be more efficient to have all of our parts located with the F-16 parts because they’re right here at the loading dock.”

Wolfe said that with their colocation now complete, DLA has been able to give a significant amount of space back to the Air Force. “We’ve returned the space we used for storing items, as well as the administrative areas that we no longer need,” she said.

“We’re operating better than ever since we brought these two branches together in the same space,” said Hollis Gulley, division chief for aircraft material support. Gulley said he has nothing but praise for the efforts of Wolfe and Karen Ross, chief of the F-16 branch. “Our entire team here is top-notch,” he said.

Gulley also said that with the C-130 and F-16 branches in one SSC, tasks common to both branches can be performed by someone who previously would have performed the job for just one of them.

“I believe it’s going to be more efficient,” said Nanette West, chief of the hydraulics support branch in commodities material support, which is just starting the process of colocating three SSCs situated in separate buildings. “I’m going to have more people in the same space to cover each other, so we’ll be able to use personnel more wisely.”

“It will also help us utilize our time better,” West said. “We’ll have less walk time, because sometimes we have to send people to our other (SSCs), and then they have to check back and forth between the two sites throughout the day.”

“Everybody can work all the areas,” said Lynn Taylor, division chief for commodities material support. “(At one of the SSCs), there wasn’t enough volume for us to have somebody down there full time, because there was only an hour or two worked a day down there.”

“Currently, we’ve given (the Air Force) back 1,688 square feet, which is quite a bit of space for storage, including 32 rack areas,” said Ryan Fulmer, branch chief for generator support in the electronics, missiles and software material support division.

“The functions that were being done here have been moved over into our new area, which has created a bigger separation of Air Force and DLA items. We don’t have to comingle … so it actually frees up a lot more space for us to store and manage our items,” Fulmer said.