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Nationwide Liquid Logistics Exercise Army Reserve Soldiers from 18 states participated in the Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise (QLLEX) June 7-20 at Fort Bragg, N.C. About 1,100 soldiers came from as far away as Michigan and Puerto Rico and as near as North Carolina to haul fuel for the Defense Logistics Agency. In addition to Bragg, QLLEX was conducted at five other states across the country: Arizona, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. During QLLEX, Army Reserve quartermaster units spend their annual training delivering fuel from a defense fuel supply point to DLA customers. The North Carolina DFSP is in Selma. The team provided fuel to three Marine Corps, two Army and two Air Force installations, traveling as far as 123 miles or as close as FOB Patriot. According to Briand, the personnel at Fort Bragg delivered 60 percent of the total fuel moved across the nationwide exercise. “The Army Reserve has done outstanding this year,” said Army Sergeant 1st Class Nicholas Braddock, the DLA Energy military liaison. “They’re actually breaking records at DFSP Selma. They pushed more than 1.3 million gallons in four days.” The 334th moved a total of 1.97 million gallons of fuel during QLLEX. “Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base has a lot of flights,” Braddock said. “If they couldn’t have moved that fuel, the planes wouldn’t have been able to fly. And if they can’t fly, they can’t really defend our nation.” QLLEX is part of a larger exercise, Global Lightning, which runs through June 26. About 12,000 servicemembers from the Army Reserve, Air Force and Navy, along with British and Canadian forces, are involved in one of the largest support training exercises in the Army Reserve’s history. “We’ve organized an opportunity of this scale to mirror the realities of real-world operational environments,” said Army Brigadier General Bruce Hackett, commander of the 78th Training Division. “We’re looking forward to enhancing our readiness by sharing knowledge with our sister services and international partners.” “It’s been a pleasure and an honor to work with and leverage so many [military occupational specialties],” Briand said. “This is my first opportunity as a battalion commander. Being able to touch every single piece of it has been extremely rewarding. This has been one of the best exercises in my 20-year career; [I am] proud to serve with these guys.” By Army Master Sgt. D. Keith Johnson, 316th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
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Marine Production Plant Albany Delivers Standardized LAV The first standardized LightArmored Vehicle, 25 MM (LAV-25) A2 was completed at Marine Depot Maintenance Depot Production Plant Albany (PPA). This vehicle inspect, repair only as necessary process was the first to be developed from a collaboration of input from both PPA and Production Plant Barstow (PPB). Subject-matter experts from trades, program management, quality and material management at both plants came together to standardize the processing and building of the LAV-25. This ongoing team effort began in May 2014 with a review of the requirements from the customer.
A top-to-bottom review of the existing make-to-order routes and bill of materials was conducted. Vehicle and component routes were baselined to meet the customer’s requirements. Process parts and purchase parts were identified. These parts are organized into station kits for pre-staging prior to being needed by the artisans at assembly. Once the LAV-25 standardization process is completed, the other variants of the LAV family of vehicles will be standardized, and the operating forces will receive a quality vehicle that is the same whether it was produced at PPA or PPB.
USS Mitscher Due for Work
General Dynamics NASSCO, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $36.4 million contract for maintenance, modernization and repair of the USS Mitscher (DDG 57). “This award is a testament of the hard work by the General Dynamics NASSCO team and the collective effort to reduce costs and improve
our competitiveness through continuous process improvements,” said Jeff Brooks, senior general manager at General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk. The work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by March 2016. The contract has a total potential value of $40 million if all options are exercised.