The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment (OASD(S)) partners with the National Institute of Packaging, Handling, and Logistics Engineers (NIPHLE) to sponsor the Department of Defense (DoD) Packaging Innovation Excellence Award and Packaging Production Achievement Award. The purpose of these awards is to honor outstanding teams and/or individuals in the DoD packaging community who contribute significantly to the packaging effort by developing new packaging processes, and improving productivity and efficiency throughout the DoD. These awards highlight the DoD's packaging accomplishments and recognize outstanding contributions to packaging innovation, productivity, and performance. These awards serve to increase the overall visibility of DoD packaging functions and accomplishments. The awards are open to DoD military and civilian personnel who contribute significantly to the DoD packaging program.2018 DoD Packaging Award Winners
The NSRDEC and ASC PSCC team successfully provided a lightweight polymeric coated corrugated fiberboard container for Meal, Ready-To-Eat (MRE) rations and transitioned it to the Warfighter. The team verified data and demonstrated the fit and performance of these containers to the Service Components. The new container will be 15 percent lighter than the current container translating to a 24 pound weight reduction per pallet. Assuming an average 3.3 million MRE cases procured per year, this would result in an 825 ton reduction in packaging and waste. All Services have concurred with conversion to the new lightweight container, which could potentially be utilized across the board for other packaging applications.2018 Department of Defense Packaging Production Achievement Award presented to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution Oklahoma City, Preservation, Packaging, Packing and Marking (PPP&M) Team
The DLA PPP&M team enhanced material release order support to Air Force Programed Depot Maintenance overhaul of multiple weapons systems including: 12 B-1 bombers; 17 B-52 bombers; 76 KC-135 air refueling aircraft; as well as 389 aircraft engines, plus direct support of over 30 local E-3 Airborne Warning and Control Systems and six Air Force Reserve KC-135 aircraft assigned to Tinker Air Force Base. The team improved local depot and Warfighter worldwide operations support by continuously going above and beyond prescribed performance goals. The team provided outstanding production, exceeding projected production by 23 percent. The PPP&M Teams are co-located with the customer in eleven different areas on Tinker Air Force Base. This is a best practice in properly protecting material to ensure “ready-for-issue” state.
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