NAVSUP WSS Pioneers Navy Supply Chain Solutions for the Naval Aviation Enterprise to Further …

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PHILADELPHIA (NNS) — Rear Adm. Michael Zarkowski, commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC), Brig. Gen. Greg Masiello, assistant commander for logistics and industrial operations, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR 6.0), Charlie Lilli, deputy commander, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation and their leadership teams visited Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) in Philadelphia recently.

During the visit, leaders took a deep dive into NAVSUP WSS’s Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Center of Excellence, engineering maintenance and supply chain management core concepts and the rapid expansion of the NAVSUP Logistics Cell (LOGCELL) initiative.

Among the leadership team was Martin Ahmad, deputy commander for Fleet Readiness Centers, Operations for Logistics and Industrial Command; Todd Balazs, deputy assistant commander for logistics and industrial operations, NAVAIR 6.0; Tracy Burruss, director, industrial and logistics maintenance planning/sustainment department, NAVAIR 6.0 and Roy Harris, director, aviation readiness and resource analysis, NAVAIR 6.0.

“We are all working towards the common goal of enhancing warfighter readiness,” said Rear Adm. Duke Heinz, commander, NAVSUP WSS. “It is important that we utilize these kinds of forums to collaborate on how we can further align readiness priorities across the Naval Aviation Enterprise.”

Leadership also discussed innovative tools and strategic approaches to improve mission capabilities as well as methods to strengthen alignment between all four organizations.

As part of the discussion, NAVSUP WSS presented recent updates to the LOGCELL initiative, which streamlines logistical processes between military and industry partners and aids timely decision making. The LOGCELL is a war-room styled web based information center that allows a cross functional team to identify and respond to challenges through real time communication with the fleet.

“[NAVSUP WSS’s] effort is the closest I’ve seen to displaying real time data,” said Rear Adm. Michael Zarkowski. “This is the vision of the future and collectively we can figure out how to harmonize all our data to work more effectively.”

Since its stand up in February 2016, the LOGCELL has made major strides in material availability with 25% backorder reductions and has realized $114M cost avoidance. It has also expanded from supporting one aircraft, the P-8, to 14 aviation type/model/series (TMS) programs.

The LOGCELL focuses on nine key performance parameters that visualize NAVSUP WSS’s primary business – Navy supply chain management – and is expected to expand to all aviation platforms and stock numbers by June 2017.

The visit concluded with COMFRC and NAVSUP WSS leadership further discussing future aviation sustainment strategies and solutions to foster continuous material availability.

A field activity of the Naval Supply Systems Command, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) is the U.S. Navy’s supply chain manager providing worldwide support to the aviation, surface ship, and submarine communities. NAVSUP WSS provides Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through logistics. There are more than 2,000 civilian and military personnel employed at its two Pennsylvania and one Norfolk, VA site.

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