Story and photo by Amanda Sullivan
Public Affairs Office
When it comes to managing their unit’s supply program, the team at Company E, 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment runs a tight ship.
Attention to detail combined with teamwork and innovative thinking earned the unit a semi-finalist position in the 2019/2020 Army Supply Excellence Awards. The award program recognizes supply excellence at various unit and organizational levels.
Through planning and implementation of new processes, Sgt. Lorian Ottey, supply sergeant and Devin Adkins, supply technician, ensure trainees are set up for success the moment they step off the bus for Basic Combat Training.
They monitor usage trends and use the data to prepare customizable supply packages for incoming trainees before each 10-week Basic Combat Training cycle. The system saves both time and money.
“We pre-plan and track everything,” Ottey said. “We pick up on patterns and put these systems in place for continuation.”
According to Capt. Michael Krant, Co. E, 2-10th Inf. Bn. commander, the system has several benefits.
“It frees up time,” he said. “We aren’t guessing with anything we do. We have a deliberate plan and a deliberate consumption rate.”
Ottey and Adkins have implemented monthly inventories, allowing them to act quickly when there is a discrepancy while making it easier to track inventory.
“If there is something missing, we catch it right then rather than 10 weeks down the road,” Ottey said.
According to Adkins, frequent inventories help busy drill sergeants stay on top of their equipment and reduce losses experienced by the company.
“You don’t lose things,” Adkins said. “Everything is fresh in their minds.”
Krant said when a supply program is not well organized, it can result in long-range effects felt throughout the Army.
“If you’re losing equipment, if equipment is not where it needs to be, or you don’t have enough, training suffers,” he said. “Then the Army suffers, because you don’t get trainees across the graduation stage.”
Krant said supply is crucial to the unit’s success.
“Supply is one of the few things that are critical, and no one really realizes it until something is not there,” he added.
For Ottey, her sense of duty pushes her to continue to make improvements wherever she can. She said failure is not an option.
“I don’t want to be known or seen as the regular supply sergeant,” Ottey said. “I implement whatever I can to make my organization better. If the supply program fails, my commander fails. I will never allow my commander to fail.”
For supply sergeants who may struggle to stay organized, Ottey gave some advice.
“Preplanning and organization makes all the difference — network, ask questions and prioritize,” she said.
Ottey said she is simply doing her job, but Adkins said the award nomination is well deserved.
“I think it’s awesome,” Adkins said. “She keeps everyone on track and sets a great example.”
The winners of the Supply Excellence Award will be announced in April and the awards will be presented in July and August.