"Keeping the fleet moving forward" is a phrase that might have a variety of implied meanings, but when it comes to supply and warehousing, it should be taken literally.
Base Supply Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Monica Agarwal, is in charge of logistical supply for NAS Patuxent River and its tenant commands, officially known as Naval Supply Systems Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk Detachment Patuxent River.
"We handle personal property (household goods), the fuel farm, material (warehouse), and Aviation Support Division," Agarwal explained. "We serve all active-duty and retired service members and DoD employees."
Whenever a household needs moving, the individual can coordinate their own move by visiting www.Move.mil for information and online forms. Agarwal said the personal property area serves as a front office for the person moving by answering questions, providing information and tracking requisitions.
The personal property office also has a kiosk on the first floor of building 588, so people without access to a computer can connect to the Internet and track their move, Agarwal added.
The supply division fuel pipelines that snake throughout portions of the base provide a variety of fuels that power aircraft and government vehicles.
"A barge comes in once or twice per month and will offload fuel to storage tanks in the fuel farm," Agarwal said. "Tankers then take the fuel out to the hot pit on the airstrips for use in refueling aircraft."
One material warehouse and one Aviation Support Division warehouse hold a combined total of 13,000 line items, both consumable and repairable; everything from a 1 cent screw, to flight clothing, to larger mechanical items worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. A staff of 76 civilian and military personnel keeps things moving in and out on a regular basis with high-priority parts being delivered within the hour, Agarwal said.
"We supply parts for all six squadrons and for 51 type model series aircraft here at Pax but we also support the fleet all over the world," she said. "Sixty percent of our shipped parts go out to places such as Guam, Afghanistan and Asia."
The material warehouse takes initial deliveries, processes shipments for commercial carrier pickup, employs woodworkers to build custom crates for shipping oversized items, and stores receipts for all issues.
The ASD warehouse contains depot level repairables, or items repaired for reuse. These may include radar receivers, built-up tires, brakes, internal computers and other circuit cards for aircraft, helicopter blades and landing gear.
"It's cheaper to repair than purchase new," said Lt. Elliot Riley, ASD division officer.
Riley said there are more than 2,000 DLR's in the warehouse with a dollar value in excess of $95 million.
Additionally, Riley said ASD is the single point of contact for supply needs of all the squadrons. And with that responsibility comes paperwork.
According to Agarwal, in fiscal 2012, there was an average of 5,000 requisitions processed for material received, more than 3,000 requisitions processed for material issued and delivered, and 1,200 requisitions for material shipped outper month.