On May 1, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Hill celebrated the surpassing of its BRAC goal of returning more than 500,000 square feet of covered storage space to the Air Force.
A ceremony was held to recognize the achivement of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure goals including completely vacating Buildings 830 and 840.
William H. Budden, Senior Executive Staff, deputy commander of DLA Distribution, noted the accomplishments would not have occurred without the close collaboration of the 309th Maintenance Wing, 75th Air Base Wing, the DLA service provider URS and installation support personnel who work for DLA.
Budden noted the initial goal of reducing the storage footprint of 500,000 square feet and the numerous individual BRAC projects that took place. He highlighted the opportunity that various BRAC projects presented to reevaluate our operations and improve on how DLA conducts business.
Kyle Swaner, DLA Distribution Facility manager, stated that the projects "included tearing out and removing an unused conveyor, reconfiguration and consolidation of the receiving process and packaging area to streamline receipt and processing, installation of a streamlined overhead conveyor system to maximize floor space, installion of a new dimension and weight system, removal of several old break rooms, the construction of a single multipurpose break and training room, installation of a new "Walk-to-Pick" bin area and new pallet/package areas, reconstruction of a security cage for more efficient use of space, and installation of energy efficient lighting in the new storage area."
Budden emphasized the opportunity that DLA took to modernize Building 849 which transformed it to a central hub for the entire distribution process.
"Now over 80 percent of all fast moving serviceable assets are located immediately adjacent to our inbound and outbound operations," he said.
The inside storage footprint has been reduced by 30 percent and more than 56,000 square feet of operational area has been converted to optimum storage space. Further, the totality of these projects allowed the cancellation of a $35 million military construction project.