167th LRS hosts materiel management meeting

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle

The 167th Materiel Management Flight hosted a small-scale Material Management Advisory Group conference here, Jan 15 and 16.

Materiel Management representatives from Air National Guard units in Region 2, which includes Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, attended the “mini-MMAG” held in the 167th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s supply building.

Material management oversees the supply systems that ensure Airmen have the supplies and equipment they need to do their job, whether it’s a uniform item, a weapon, an aircraft part or a battery.

“We jumped at the opportunity [to host the event], because we have a central location for all of the units, newer facilities, as well as a wealth of materiel management knowledge and experience at the wing,” said Master Sgt. Jim DeCicco, the 167th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s support section supervisor.

The mini-MMAG participants covered a wide range of topics.

While some discussions were specific to their career field such as training opportunities and career development, they also focused on areas that pertain to all Airmen.

The group discussed procedures and updates for the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) issuance, tracking, funding, and fielding. They looked at ways to improve the procurement and distribution process of mandatory uniform and equipment items for Airman slated to deploy. Also, the group discussed authorizations and fielding of the M-18 pistol which will replace the M9 Beretta.

“The intent is to start holding mini-MMAG’s in each region and the regional representatives, in turn, will have up-to-date field level data to present to the MMAG as a whole. The MMAG then works with the National Guard Bureau to make Materiel Management policy updates and changes for the ANG,” DeCicco said.