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848th SCMG Supplier Relations Working Group a success

Members of the Supplier Relations Working Group participate in a day-long session at the Hill Conference Center Oct 24. The 848th Supply Chain Management Group brought together government and private industry representatives to focus on increasing collaboration between the suppliers and the supply chain, thus providing the best support to the warfighter.

Members of the Supplier Relations Working Group participate in a day-long session at the Hill Conference Center Oct 24. The 848th Supply Chain Management Group brought together government and private industry representatives to focus on increasing collaboration between the suppliers and the supply chain, thus providing the best support to the warfighter.

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --

Col. Robert Kielty, commander, 848th Supply Chain Management Group, and his Supplier Relationship Management team held a one-day Supplier Relations Working Group on Oct. 24 at the Gen. James Hill Conference Center. The working group was comprised of 22 mid-tier suppliers and supply chain professionals.


“The event focused on strengthening integrated and collaborative relationships with our industry partners.  Solid relationships are key to enhancing performance and improving warfighter readiness,” said Rachel Hinson, 848th SCMG Supplier Relationship Management director. 


Base units participating included the 848th Supply Chain Management Group, 948th Supply Chain Management Group Strategic Alternate Sourcing Program Office, Air Force Sustainment Center Material Support Division, Defense Logistics Agency-Aviation, AFSC Small Business Office, 76th Commodities Maintenance Group Reverse Engineering and Critical Tooling and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.


“The 848th SCMG has over 200 suppliers the organization needs to build strong relationships with,” said Timothy Dowty, a SRM specialist with the 422nd Supply Chain Management Squadron. “The 848th SCMG works to ensure suppliers know they are a vital part of a large air power team that creates air power for the country, and what they provide helps generate a plane in the sky.”


The working group focused on three crucial defining elements: communication, collaboration and candor. The open dialogue between the government team and the suppliers allowed shared supply chain challenges and opportunities to be addressed. During targeted group discussions, suppliers identified and discussed “pain points” with applicable action items captured to ensure problem resolution. 


“The Supplier Relations Working Group was a huge success and laid the foundation for future collaborations enabling improved warfighter support,” Kielty said.