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Griffith holds first DSCR commander’s call

By Cathy Hopkins, DSCR Public Affairs
Aug. 31, 2009
DSCR Commander, Rear. Adm. Vincent Griffith presents Navy Lt. Jason Ross with a Joint Service Commendation Medal Aug. 25 at commander's call for his work as a multi-class expediter on Defense Logistics Agency Support Team-Kuwait. (Photo by Jackie Girard)
DSCR Commander, Rear. Adm. Vincent Griffith presents Navy Lt. Jason Ross with a Joint Service Commendation Medal Aug. 25 at commander's call for his work as a multi-class expediter on Defense Logistics Agency Support Team-Kuwait. (Photo by
Jackie Girard)
 
Navy Rear Adm. Vincent Griffith, DSCR commander, presents J. Treacy O'Hanlan with the DLA Superior Civilian Service Award Aug. 25 for his support of the DLA Learning Managmenet System and for his efforts as a training liaison during the Enterprise Business System transition. (Photo by Jackie Girard)
Navy Rear Adm. Vincent Griffith, DSCR commander, presents J. Treacy O'Hanlan with the DLA Superior Civilian Service Award Aug. 25 for his support of the DLA Learning Managmenet System and for his efforts as a training liaison during the Enterprise Business System transition. (Photo by Jackie Girard)
 
Navy Rear Adm. Vincent Griffith, DSCR commander, and Rosemary Simmons, from the National Geospatial Intelligency Agency, present Jeff Farmer a Special Act Award for his work ensuring over two million maps reached Germany for delivery to Afghanistan. (Photo by Jackie Girard)
Navy Rear Adm. Vincent Griffith, DSCR commander, and Rosemary Simmons, from the National Geospatial Intelligency Agency, present Jeff Farmer a Special Act Award for his work ensuring over two million maps reached Germany for delivery to Afghanistan. (Photo by Jackie Girard)

Defense Supply Center Richmond Commander Navy Rear. Adm. Vincent Griffith held his first commander’s call Aug. 25 at the Lotts Conference Center.

Speaking to the aviation demand and supply chain work force, Griffith shared his commander’s focus tying it to Defense Logistics Agency Director Navy Vice Adm. Alan Thompson’s intent.

Griffith’s focus will be on demand planning; supply, storage, and distribution; and joint opportunities.

“Demand planning is key to generating purchase requests,” said Griffith. “Getting the demand right drives what we buy.”

He also said joint opportunities are a great arena for DLA to work depot-level repairables issues with the military services and aviation industry that will result in cost savings for government purchases.

Griffith spoke about DSCR’s key metrics, highlighting perfect order fulfillment.

“It is an incredible metric to determine how good we are at getting customers what they want when they want it,” he said.

He said DSCR is showing substantial improvements in metrics being tracked. Demand plan accuracy and percent forecast error are two metrics he said should improve over time.

“All metrics are going in the right direction,” he said.  “This is very positive.”

Griffith highlighted the areas of stock out and stock low as needing improvements.  “They are potentially unfilled orders,” he said. “I’m looking to have more material available and in working with our partners to get material to the customers faster.”

Griffith said disciplined production control is working from his perspective and that he uses awards production as a measurement to see that. 

“The 29 percent improvement shows me it is working,” he said.  “I want to focus on increasing award production.”

The results of the agency’s recent culture survey were also a topic during the call and Griffith shared his vision with the work force.

“There are areas we did well in and areas where we can improve,” said Griffith.  “Listening is a critical piece of our business.  Some might say I’m slightly challenged in that area, but I’m working on it.”

Griffith urged open discussions in a respectful environment.

DSCR has formed a Culture Council to capture employee thoughts on how to improve and areas for improvement.  Through the council an overall action plan will be indentified for the center.

“Everyone has an opinion and it is valued,” said Griffith.  “Prepare yourself to share your opinions.”

Marine Col. Gary Wiest provided the audience with a update on employees deployed with  DLA Support Teams.

He highlighted upcoming deployments to include two deployees from DLA Cherry Point. Nigel Archer and Robert Neumann deployed to Iraq in May for six months.

Wiest said he was pleased to see new names on the upcoming list of deployees and stressed the importance of the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

During the call, the following employees were recognized:

  • Griffith presented Gerol Meadows with a Global War on Terrorism Medal and Superior Civilian Service Award for his defense of freedom on foreign soil and for meritorious service as a warfighter support representative on DLA Support Team-Iraq.  
  • Griffith presented Navy Lt. Jason Ross with a Joint Service Commendation Medal for meritorious service as a multi-class expediter for DLA Support Team-Kuwait in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
  • Griffith recognized SAYIT Gift Award Recipients: Rodney Bracey, Tyesha Miller, and John Welch for their participation in the SAYIT Program.  The program is vehicle to generate ideas contributing to the economy, efficiency or effectiveness of DLA in support of the agency’s mission and function.  
  • Griffith presented Treacy O’Hanlan with the DLA Superior Civilian Service Award for his exemplary accomplishment while supporting the DLA Learning Management System and as an Enterprise Business System transition training liaison. 
  • Griffith presented Jeff Farmer with a Special Act Award from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for his work ensuring over two million maps produced by nine nations reached the Map Support Office in Germany for delivery to Afghanistan.

Wrapping up the call, Griffith urged employees to be safe during end of summer activities and over the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

He also highlighted these upcoming events:

  • Sept. 15 – DLA Director’s call broadcast, 10 a.m. (Editor's Note: This has been rescheduled to Oct. 15)
  • Sept. 22 – Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff, 10 a.m.
  • Oct. 6 – Multicultural Day, 9:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 7 – Bearing Conference at DSCR
  • Oct. 20 – Commander’s call, 1:30 p.m.