BY LT. CMDR. DANIEL VETSCH, SC, USN MARITIME CUSTOMER OPERATIONS, DLA LAND AND MARITIME
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Land and Maritime Commander Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic hosted Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA’s) Integrated Shipyard Material Team (ISMT) November 14 - 16 in Columbus, Ohio. The team is an integrated group of material stakeholders chartered to formalize, standardize and optimize non-nuclear material policies and procedures in support of shipyard work by all four public shipyards. The event strengthened communication between a multitude of stakeholders (NAVSEA 04X, NAVSEA 07L, DLA Land and Maritime, DLA Distribution, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support, Shipyard Code 200s), further enhanced trust among organizations, and fostered a collaborative environment where future value-added efforts can be easily identified.
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Rear Adm. Michelle Skubic provides encouragement to the group stating ISMT has collective responsibility to be effective and efficient to ensure submarines leave availabilities on time to support global missions.
Skubic expressed strong support for the group and shared her perspective regarding the ISMT mission. In addition to noting the large turnout and importance of the work the team had committed to carry out, she also observed that the correct personnel were in place to build upon the many years of support provided to the shipyards. Her intent is for DLA Land and Maritime to continue as the "face to the customer" and work with all stakeholders to ensure the DLA Enterprise is providing optimum logistics support. Especially important to these outcomes, she noted, was continued improvements in DLA’s supply, storage and distribution activities.
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Jim Wreszki discusses the importance of nonstop continuous work at the public shipyards.
This was the second opportunity for NAVSEA 04X Assistant Deputy for Industrial Operations Jim Wreski to meet with the group. He discussed the level of knowledge present and communicated his desire to see that used towards future advancement in the areas of supply and maintenance, asking that engineers drive to greater predictability of material required and supply push for an increase in material availability. Furthermore, he believes the ISMT is in an excellent position to achieve its stated charter and has developed into a cohesive unit with a great battle rhythm.
Now that industrial support has become the new focus within Navy’s senior leadership commands, the ISMT has become increasingly important to meeting customer expectations and requirements, in turn ensuring shipyard availabilities are completed on time and our nation’s strategic assets remain ready to meet current challenges. The ISMT concept has led to significant improvement in material pre-ordering for Virginia-class availabilities, an increased focus on expanding the distribution warehouse footprint, modernization of critical integrated technology systems, and enhanced collaboration among stakeholders at the shipyards. The next ISMT is scheduled for March 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia.