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DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa., finalizes BRAC actions

By Sherre Mitten-Bell, DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa., Public Affairs

Under the Base Realignment and Closure legislation of 2005, the Defense Logistics Agency was mandated to reorganize its infrastructure to more efficiently and effectively support its customers, increase operational readiness and facilitate new ways of doing business. The BRAC recommendations that most affected DLA Distribution were in the supply, storage and distribution area. Prescribed changes required realignment and consolidation that focused on reducing redundancy in the network, streamlining operations, and improving support.

DLA Distribution implemented actions to reduce its storage footprint through realigning stock and prescribing improved use of storage space. The role played by its largest center, DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa., was not only to participate in the realignment of stock within their existing facilities, but to actually increase their storage footprint in order to receive additional materiel from distribution centers at Tobyhanna, Pa., Richmond, Va., Norfolk, Va., and Columbus, Ohio, allowing them to achieve footprint reduction goals.

The deadline for implementing all BRAC recommendations was September 2011. To meet this goal, numerous projects were orchestrated simultaneously at DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa., including the recruitment of additional full time employees, storage optimization, movement of incoming materiel and BRAC funded construction projects.

"What began as a rewarehousing mission grew quickly into a robust receiving operation," said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Andy Henwood, BRAC manager at Susquehanna. "The reshaping of our infrastructure included the rewarehousing of over 3,700 truckloads of material. We also executed 43 space optimization projects which ended up optimizing over 2.3 million square feet of existing warehouse space."

The inbound BRAC stock that was positioned at Susquehanna included over 134,000 different National Stock Numbers that filled over 590 truckloads and occupied more than 640,000 cubic feet of storage space. Susquehanna was already managing 845,000 National Stock Numbers in 2009. As of September 2011, the additional stock brought Susquehanna to nearly 970,000 different line items that are being stored and distributed.

BRAC funding also provided for two new warehouses to be constructed at Susquehanna, as space optimization efforts would only accommodate a portion of the incoming materiel. In June 2009, ground was broken for two new warehouses to increase storage capability by almost 600,000 square feet, the equivalent of 11 football fields. The larger of the two buildings is to store rack and bulk material such as truck axels, water tight doors for ships, aircraft fuel tanks, and various large commodities. In contrast, the second warehouse is designed for canister storage for large containerized items such as HUMVEE engines or transmissions. A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the completion of the buildings in July 2011 and final touches are being completed to begin loading the new buildings with stock in October 2011.

Members of DLA participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a Base Realignment and Closure funded construction project at DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa.
Members of DLA participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a Base Realignment and Closure funded construction project at DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa.
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