BY JENAE JACKSON
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP WEAPON SYSTEMS SUPPORT
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NAVSUP WSS, COMFRC, NAVAIR 6.0 and DLA Aviation leadership teams discuss strategic approaches to strengthen the alignment between all four organizations.
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 NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS) Philadelphia in April.
During the visit, leaders took a deep dive into NAVSUP WSS’s Performance Based Logistics 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.
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From left to right: Tracy Burruss, director, industrial and logistics maintenance planning/sustainment department; Roy Harris, director, aviation readiness and resource analysis, NAVAIR; Rear Adm. Michael Zarkowski, commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC); Rear Adm. Duke Heinz, commander NAVSUP WSS; Brig. Gen. Greg Masiello, assistant commander for logistics and industrial operations, NAVAIR; Martin Ahmad, deputy commander for Fleet Readiness Centers, Operations for Logistics and Industrial Command; Charlie Lilli, deputy commander, Defense Logistics Agency Aviation; and Todd Balazs, deputy assistant commander for logistics and industrial operations, NAVAIR.
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 Feb. 2016, the LOGCELL has made major strides in material availability with 25 percent backorder reductions and has realized $114 million cost avoidance. It has also expanded from supporting one aircraft, the P-8, to 14 aviation type/model/series programs.
The LOGCELL focuses on nine key performance parameters that visualize NAVSUP WSS’s primary business–Navy supply chain management.
The visit concluded with COMFRC and NAVSUP WSS leadership discussing future aviation sustainment strategies and solutions to foster continuous material availability.