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A new depot at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, will bring supplies closer to war fighters.

The Defense Distribution Depot Sigonella, part of the Defense Logistics Agency, opened March 30. The depot specializes in warehousing and distribution support — everything from construction items to repair parts.

Sigonella opened the depot to better serve ships and squadrons operating in the Mediterranean region, many of which are transiting to and from the Middle East.

The depot will keep materials in stock so customers won’t have to wait for the goods to arrive from overseas, said Denise Cordeiro-Bennett, acting commander of the depot.

“Right now, the material that is not here has to come from the States,” she said. “That could take 30 days. We’re trying to reduce that overall time [and] transportation costs. With the improved processes and systems, we’re expecting a 50 percent reduction [in customer wait times].”

The primary customers include the air station’s Aviation Support Division and Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Detachment.

Fifty to 70 employees will work at the depot, which will operate from four supply warehouses at Naval Air Station Sigonella 2.

“We really have our hands on everything coming in or leaving the base,” said Lt. Michael McCormack, operations officer.

McCormack said the supply department used to average a three-day turnaround time to process materials and get them to the customers once they had been received.

“Now, under [the Defense Logistics Agency], it’s one day,” he said.

“Once we receive it, it needs to be where it needs to go in one day. ... The biggest change our customers will see is faster delivery time.”

The Defense Distribution Center has 22 other distribution depots in the States, Europe and Japan.


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