The purpose of the trip was to introduce DLA Engineers and Buyers to the processes behind the commodities that they purchase. Danko Arlington’s facility is a great place to learn about military castings as the company produces a wide variety of defense components and as patternmaking, sand casting, and CNC machining can be viewed at one facility. The tour also provided a wonderful exchange of discussion about private industry and government purchasing.
The visit was co-organized by Mr. Keith Sturgill of the American Metal Casting Consortium (AMC) which is a partnership between the metal casting industry and the government to produce casting solutions that improve quality and reduces costs for military applications. Also in attendance was Mr. Dale Roberts, the Program Manager of the Aviation Casting and Forgings Program Assistance Team (AFCAT).
DLA Aviation purchases over 1.3 million supply and repair parts to support our nation’s military and weapon systems.