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Priority Material Office is awarded Meritorious Unit Commendation.

For meritorious service from Apr. 1, 2006, to May 31, 2009, the Priority Material Office (PMO) Headquarters, Bremerton, Wash.; and all associated detachments, were awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for their role in providing direct logistics support to operating elements of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard while simultaneously reducing operating costs, improving average customer wait time, and increasing overall fleet readiness.

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"The MUC is for a specific window in time, but really represents the positive impact our global team had on the operational readiness of maritime forces around the world every day. Everyone is incredibly focused and there is a constant internal effort to improve our processes." Stated Cmdr. Michael Havens, Commanding Officer, Priority Material Office.

PMO expeditiously processed, sourced, shipped, and tracked 176,667 mission critical Issue Priority Group I (IPG-1) requisitions during this time; improving unit material readiness for over 500 operating units and supporting commands across the globe, including 84 TRIDENT strategic deterrent patrols, 78 submarine deployments, eight Carrier Strike Group deployments, eight Expeditionary Strike Group deployments, three forward deployed Marine Expeditionary Forces, 24 deployed Marine Expeditionary Units, and numerous Navy expeditionary ground force deployments to the CENTCOM and PACOM AORs.

In one of the most successful logistics integration initiatives to date, PMO has supported both deployed Marine ground forces and USCG cutter deployments in conjunction with Africa Partnership Station. Additionally, PMO has teamed with Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC), Ohio, to be the first Navy command to have embedded Customer Logistics Support Specialists. Nancy Morin & Kevin Liggons represent this critical link in the chain as part of Defense Logistics Agency's "Extending the Enterprise" initiative. "Creating a viable sustainable partnership that delivers the right item, in the right time, every time for America's finest military is our honor and commitment to the Sailors, Marines and Guardians who we proudly serve."

Stemming from this unique partnership is the joint PMODSCC Emergency Buy Program, which has processed 4033 emergency purchases to fill 4458 requisitions in its three-year existence. The Emergency Buy Program has reduced average procurement lead time for out of stock material by four weeks and reduced overall customer wait time for out of stock material by an average of five months.

The Priority Material Office and its detachments have achieved unprecedented successes during this period. By streamlining processes, creating real cost savings, and developing key relationships with the Defense Logistics Agency, NAVICP, and many other civilian companies; operational customer wait time has been significantly reduced and has thereby increased overall readiness for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The staff is most deserving of the recognition afforded by the award of the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
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Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
Date:Jul 1, 2010
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