MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan, July 6, 2006 – Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36 implemented a new process aimed at increasing the speed and efficiency of all logistics within the squadron.
The system, Enterprise AIRSpeed, integrates modern solutions for business practices used by major corporations such as Boeing, General Electric and Microsoft, and applies them to a military environment.
The solutions are founded on the business theory that the sum of something's parts are of greater value than its whole, and continuous improvement should be demanded from every part of an organization.
The new system will reduce the amount of time and effort necessary to complete logistics projects, according to Staff Sgt. Billy Carter, a fixed-wing aircraft power plants mechanic with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36.
One example is how the squadron repairs an engine. Prior to the implementation of AIRSpeed, the Marines from the power plant section focused on repairing only the discrepancy noted by the ground crew who pulled the engine from the aircraft.
The problem created by this process of troubleshooting a single component is that it could lead to several costly repairs and engine checks before maintainers identified the exact defect, Carter said.
With the new process in place, they disassemble the entire engine and service or replace each part before rebuilding and returning the engine to the supply system.
Though the overhaul may appear more time consuming and costly, it is more effective because Marines are able to fix the problem with the engine and repair other discrepancies that may not be immediately visible, he said.
The squadron began using the AIRSpeed system June 5, after officers and staff non-commissioned officers came back to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36 from stateside classes on the system.
The leaders passed on the knowledge to their non-commissioned officers in charge, who went back to their respective sections to get the junior enlisted Marines involved, according to Capt. John Digiovanni, the avionics officer of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36.