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Corps of Engineers Logistics Center to open at Millington Naval Support Activity

Published Jan. 26, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 26, 2007 – Millington, Tenn., welcomes its newest military
organization with the arrival of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Logistics Activity Center.

An official “Stand-up” ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. in the Pat
Thompson Conference Center, Building 767, located on the Naval Support Activity at 5722
Integrity Drive, Millington.

Strategic Sourcing Program Office Chief G. Ray Navidi, who oversees and directs the
planning, studies, decision, and implementation of the Corps’ competitive sourcing program
from Washington, D.C., is scheduled to be the key-note speaker.

Navidi was chosen to oversee the Logistics High Performance Organization (HPO)
which came into existence on Sept. 17, 2006, following a year and a half of development.
During that time, leaders redesigned business processes, consolidated, combined and
centralized the way the Corps of Engineers does logistics. 

Raymond F. Urena has been chosen as the Director of the Logistics Activity Center.
The target employment level at the Center is 121 positions, although the transition plan calls
for a deliberate build-up to that level in Millington over the next several years. The Center
work will include supply, transportation, travel, maintenance, facilities, and logistics
emergency planning and response capabilities to support Corps’ customer locations
worldwide. It will also manage the work of approximately 270 logistics delivery point
personnel at customer sites.

The new organization will be more efficient and effective through newly developed
uniform logistics business processes, consolidation of some work such as property book
functions, and providing a common level of logistics service to its customers. These
improvements have been necessary for some time, but the Department of Defense authority
and permission to form a Corps High Performing Organization with a USACE Logistics
Activity as its centerpiece provided a unique opportunity to make these changes now.

“U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Logistics is pleased to have had the opportunity to
develop its new HPO organization to be more flexible, responsive and cost effective to its
customers,” said Larry Robinson, Deputy Director of Logistics for the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers. “We are excited to be able to open our Logistics Activity Center in Millington,
and see it develop into the world-class provider of logistics products and services.”
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