Darren Ratcliff is the Army Field Support Battalion – Northeast Asia Maintenance Division Chief. Its Analysis and Restructuring of Major Repair Parts or Materials (CL-IX) Workshop inventory requirements in workshop supply operations resulted in the creation of over 2,805 service kits of BOM for over 132 major end items using existing parts and refinement of some inventory. who best meet the requirements, resulting in a reduction in the average cost of service materials from $4,000 to just under $1,500 per person, translating into potential savings of over $330,000 over the four coming years. The project increased cumulative productivity and improved customer waiting time by more than 25%.
The store’s overall inventory realignment efforts also resulted in receiving a return credit of over $4.7 million and reducing the store’s inventory lines from 2,500 lines to 1,257 lines by aligning inventory on real needs. This will translate into more cost savings over time. As a result, AFSBn-NEA was able to return $3.4 million to the US Army Sustainment Command.
Mr. Ratcliff also led the conversion of the Army War Reserve Deployment System (AWRDS) to the Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army), providing expert knowledge and advice to the AFSBn-NEA team. He was instrumental in the conversion of AWRDS to GCSS-Army as an active trainer and subject matter expert, carefully coordinating and executing a myriad of tasks associated with the conversion. His efforts resulted in a seamless transition from AWRDS to GCSS-Army to include training requirements for the Department of Army civilians and local nationals, post-commissioning activities and coordination continues with battalion personnel, 403d Army Field Support Brigade, CSA Enterprise Logistics Systems Division and GCSS-Army Project Manager. His efforts resulted in a successful conversion with 100% completion of all associated tasks and on schedule.
Please meet Darren Ratcliff…
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
How long have you worked for the US Army?
My total service time spanned a period of 39 years.
What other positions have you held in the US military?
My career spans many positions from heavy tracked vehicle mechanic to senior enlisted advisor to the battalion commander. My civilian career service includes Director of Support Operations, 21st Theater Sustainment Command-Europe, followed by a period as Director of Production Assurance at Letter Kenny Army Depot, Pennsylvania. I am currently assigned as Maintenance Division Chief, AFSBn-NEA, Army Prepositioned Stocks-4 Korea.
Tell us about your work and what you do:
I oversee the maintenance program within the APS-4 footprint. Apply standards in accordance with Army Regulation 750-1, Army Maintenance Operations and Procedures, working with staff and subordinates. I oversee the organization and effectiveness of reporting to include significant changes, requirements and mission capability status to the commander and am responsible for all applicable information regarding field and field level maintenance repairs. sustaining power.
How long have you held this position?
The AFSBn-NEA integrated me into the position 14 months ago.
What other tasks are you responsible for?
I take into account expected maintenance personnel gains and losses for our personnel, including Department of the Army civilians, contractors, and Korean national employees. I oversee the execution of the required spare parts funding ($2.8 million) based on the condition of the parts in the Equipment Condition Report. I coordinate and execute a weekly maintenance meeting to provide our supported organizations with equipment status updates in the Equipment Status Report. I also create a daily readiness status of critical combat systems using operational readiness data from the Equipment Status Report provided by Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army).
What are some of your accomplishments at AFSBn-NEA?
I lead battalion maintenance team, battalion personnel, and other key officials in completing several projects resulting in more cost effective APS-4 operations. Improvements include fewer maintenance matrix reports, a new equipment monitoring plan, and the restoration and refinement of shop supply operations that resulted in cost savings of over $3 million. allowing AFSBn-NEA to return over $2 million to the Army Support Command so that funds can be redistributed efficiently throughout the command. My focus and focus on proper Care of Supply in Storage (COSIS) operations and safety has resulted in zero recordable accidents and a safer work environment despite the multitude of potential safety hazards associated with maintenance operations. We maintained an average operational readiness rate of over 98%, achieved 100% maintenance and cyclical exercise programs for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, made steady progress on the planned completion of the the 20-21 exercise and reduced overtime by 95%. which equates to over $180,000 in cost savings/avoidance.
Tell us more about the conversion of the Army War Reserve Deployment System (AWRDS) to the Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army). What was your role?
My duties consisted of planning and mitigating challenges, evaluating common functionality between current Army War Reserve Deployment System (AWRDS) and GCSS-Army processes while working with Program Manager programmers in developing a GCSS-Army process that would be suitable for COSIS planning for sustainment purposes. I developed the educational strategy early in the implementation process. Lead the development of the Division’s Training Resource Center where we were able to integrate GCSS-Army training via online training.
How will migration benefit the military?
GCSS-Army does more than replace the functionality of current systems; it also eliminates some unnecessary processes. New processes are being introduced which can result in substantial benefits across Army sustainment to improve Army readiness. None of these benefits can be realized if leaders fail to overcome implementation challenges. AFSBn-NEA will no longer be behind schedule or exposed to possible security vulnerabilities due to outdated operational applications. Constant change and innovation success emphasizes providing real-time support to the customer, which is the number one priority. GCSS-Army provides APS with the same tools customers are used to. The transition from legacy apps is a huge change.
What is the best thing about working at AFSBn-NEA?
Simply put, the workforce, the people and the individuals inside. The level of professionalism of expertise on display at all times is amazing.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Working on small craft projects and developing my carpentry skills.