Defense agency opens distribution center in Oman

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Partners and customers were on hand to help cut the ribbon on DLA’s new material processing center, located on the Port of Salalah in Salalah, Oman. Those pictured include David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Salalah; Peter Boone, deputy commander, DLA Distribution Bahrain; Air Force Brig. Gen. Martin Chapin, commander, DLA Energy; Navy Capt. Terrel Fisher from DLA CENTCOM & SOCOM; Army Col. Eric Larson, defense attaché, U.S. Embassy Muscat; Hamdan Al Hinai, director of Procurement and Contracts, Office of the Secretary General, Ministry of Defence; and Paul McMillan, area manager, Kaiserslautern, DLA Disposition Europe.
Partners and customers were on hand to help cut the ribbon on DLA’s new material processing center, located on the Port of Salalah in Salalah, Oman. Those pictured include David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Salalah; Peter Boone, deputy commander, DLA Distribution Bahrain; Air Force Brig. Gen. Martin Chapin, commander, DLA Energy; Navy Capt. Terrel Fisher from DLA CENTCOM & SOCOM; Army Col. Eric Larson, defense attaché, U.S. Embassy Muscat; Hamdan Al Hinai, director of Procurement and Contracts, Office of the Secretary General, Ministry of Defence; and Paul McMillan, area manager, Kaiserslautern, DLA Disposition Europe.

NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. – Defense Logistics Agency Distribution recently cut the ribbon on its newest facility during a ceremony with logistics partners and customers.

Located on the Port of Salalah in Salalah, Oman, the material processing center provides material aggregation, trans-shipment, short-term storage and delivery functions for visiting U.S. Navy vessels and other U.S. customers in the Central Command area of responsibility, increasing the flow of vessels into the port.

The facility meets CENTCOM requirements through use of a DLA Distribution worldwide contingency contract, taking advantage of the Agency’s institutional processes, employees and enterprise business systems.

DLA Distribution Salalah, Oman, will provide an efficient and effective joint solution that reduces overall costs to individual services and logistics response time to CENTCOM, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and other forces operating in the region.

“Our goal in opening this site is that inventory management, customer wait times, and audit readiness will improve exponentially to create an efficient distribution network and provide the flexibility for our customers in the AOR [area of responsibility] to execute their theater campaign plans,” said DLA Energy Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Martin Chapin, who hosted the event. “This MPC is a testament of the partnership and friendship between the U.S. and Oman.”

Renovations to Warehouse 5 began July 30, 2016, and the DLA Distribution Salalah, Oman material processing center became fully operational Oct. 27, 2016.

As a Department of Defense combat support agency, DLA provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, other federal agencies, and partner nations with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America’s military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. DLA also supplies 86 percent of the military’s spare parts.


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