DVIDS – News – Federal contracting organization hosts annual textile and military clothing industry event


Nearly 700 representatives from the Defense Logistics Agency, Military Services, and National Apparel and Textiles Manufacturers attended the DLA Troop Support Industry Support Advanced Planning Joint Meeting in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, from November 17 to 18.
JAPBI is an annual engagement organized by the clothing and textiles supply chain, aimed at fostering communication between the Department of Defense and manufacturers of military clothing and textiles.
DLA Director of Acquisitions Matthew Beebe gave the keynote address, emphasizing the DLA’s strategic plan and the industry’s key role in the agency’s combatant support mission.
“We need to have a strategic relationship with more of our 10,000 supplier base,” Beebe said. “This is where we focus, [and] this event is very clearly part of it, but… the richest part of it is that we have a dialogue and come away with a better understanding both ways.
JAPBI aligns with the DLA Industry Engagement Strategy by providing a forum for the DLA and military services to share demand forecasts and relevant item information with suppliers.
Army Col. Derek Bird, the Soldier Survivability Project Leader in the Soldier Program Executive Office, provided an update on the Army Uniform Support Strategy and shared the goal collective military services of uniform synergy.
“We are committed to lethality,” Bird said. “Now more than ever, it’s important that we focus on managing the lifecycle of our items and making them look similar. ”
C&T Director Air Force Col. Matthew Harnly and Deputy Director David Johns both attended JAPBI for the first time in their current roles and expressed their respective commitments to the national aircraft industry. military clothing and textiles.
“When I left C&T, and that was probably about 15 years ago, we talked about a fragile industrial base,” Johns said. “Now I come back and hear about a fragile industrial base, but I don’t think fragility is the right way to describe it. If it was fragile before, it is certainly more difficult now. You have my commitment, and you have the commitment of the DLA team to work with all of you so that we can overcome this.
Harnly refined the personal connection associated with the uniforms and gear the industry provides as a long-standing American tradition.
“Your commitment to DOD and our troops is different from what I have felt in other supply chains,” Harnly said. “Whether you are a large company or you are a preponderance of our small businesses, your commitment to what you do is important, and it is grounded in what we do as [an organization].
“The person who wears the clothes you provide cares about what they wear, and you bring it to us,” he said.

C&T Director of Supplier Operations Steve Merch addressed the cascading challenges some suppliers face, from labor shortages to rising material costs and DLA mitigation efforts, including improved communication; and opportunities for shorter contracts and early re-solicitation of contracts.
“We have good suppliers there, and when everyone is on a more solid financial footing then we have more flexibility to support the fighter,” Merch said.
Beebe also acknowledged that the challenges shared between the DLA and the base of the nation’s declining military clothing and textiles industry are of national security concern. With this, he encouraged suppliers to seek opportunities in other DLA supply chains to foster more business.
“While this event is being led by Clothing and Textiles, that doesn’t mean you in the industry may need to ignore other supply chains,” Beebe said. “For example, parachutes are purchased by DLA Aviation. The tents are partly Clothing and Textiles, partly under Construction and Equipment. Medical has gowns and other medical support items.
“It is important that you recognize, especially those who are new, who do not fully understand the makeup of DLA, [that] you may have an interest or opportunities beyond clothing and textiles, ”he continued.
Event curator and head of C & T’s strategic materials sourcing division, Donna Pointkouski, also took advantage of the forum to thank the national base of the military garment industry.
“Thank you for an incredible job during an impossible time,” Pointkouski said. “You have heard me say several times that without you none of us in government can really support the fighter. “
Troop Support Commander DLA Army Brig. General Eric P. Shirley echoed this “thank you” in a video message to attendees as he was unable to attend in person due to other mission requirements.
“JAPBI is an important forum for several reasons, including the opportunity for our team to thank you for the vital role you, as industry partners, play in providing the highest quality clothing and equipment. high quality to our customers, ”said Shirley. . “We really couldn’t support the military and our federal partners without your cooperation. ”

Date taken: 12.07.2021
Date posted: 07/12/2021 14:43
Story ID: 410632
Site: CHERRY HILL, NJ, United States

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