Catalogers help Navy support Asian tsunami relief.
The Naval Regional Contracting Center Singapore's Civil Engineering Office contacted DLIS for help to find products for the quick repair of airfields, roads and bridges in the Southeast Asia area. The catalogers used their supply expertise and knowledge of Federal Logistics data, or FEDLOG, and the Federal Logistics Information System to identify the national stock numbers required.
"We first reviewed the 'DLIS H-Series' CD-ROM products to find item names that are in the FEDLOG and FLIS systems," said Kelly Durham, a DLIS Navy cataloger. Once Durham and his colleague, Ken Glidden, had the item names, they were able to search FEDLOG and FLIS to match item characteristics against the requirements they were given by the field agent.
"The next step we took was to search the Internet for information concerning the items that would lead us to procurable sources," Durham said.
Twenty-four numbers were identified to help the Singapore office procure the materials needed for the repairs of key infrastructure items and for products that provide protection from flooding and erosion of soil. Examples of the items included ready-mix asphalt, quick-setting concrete, geotextiles, gabions, and HESCO barriers.
A geotextile is a fabric used to hold together the material used to fill potholes on roads and airfields.
Gabions are containers that can be filled with sand or dirt, with the purpose of providing support to walls, bridges and equipment. They can also serve as barriers against debris and water for field personnel.
HESCO barriers are an improved type of gabion. They can be interlocked with each other to provide stronger and more stable barriers and supports.
Durham and Glidden were able to find a supplier's Web site for the barriers. "We were able to forward a copy of this page to the field agent, so he now had all the models for his current and future needs," Durham recalled.
The geotextile information was harder to find, so the catalogers did a search of the Naval Inventory Control Point Supply Center--Philadelphia's web site that provided a number along with a description of the geotextile's uses.
"Once we assembled enough research, we forwarded the information to the field agent with a few alternatives, allowing him to find the best product for his needs," Durham said.
"With such a tragedy occurring, it's difficult to watch as hundreds of thousands died, lost loved ones or have been displaced from their homes." Durham said. "I hope that our assistance can accelerate the process to rebuild the devastation and restore an environment where people can begin to return to their lives. At the end of the day it's nice to know that our assistance had an impact on the relief effort, no matter how miniscule it may have been in the scheme of things."
Durham said working with the Navy reinforces the pride that he and his colleagues have in America's armed forces and relief organizations--people who will work at a moment's notice to rebuild and restore the flow of food, water and medical supplies.
By Defense Logistics Information Service Public Affairs
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|Publication:||Navy Supply Corps Newsletter|
|Date:||May 1, 2005|
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