Who we are, and what we do

The Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) provides centralized logistics support for all Coast Guard aviation missions. As the sole industrial complex for Coast Guard aviation, we provide: depot level maintenance, engineering, supply, procurement, acquisition, and information services. Our unique combination of capabilities is unprecedented in government and industry and has earned high praise among government logistics organizations as well as the private sector. The ALC has worked long and hard to become the only place in all of government aviation where depot maintenance (programmed depot level maintenance and extensive modifications), engineering, procurement, supply and the information hub are all collocated. In essence, we are the who, what, when, how, and where of Coast Guard aviation and take our motto, “We Keep ‘Em Flying,” to heart.

ALC's mission supports 26 Coast Guard aviation units that operate approximately 200 aircraft. These air stations are located throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. The reach is far. Deployed aircraft are supported worldwide. ALC's annual workload includes overhauls of approximately 40 aircraft and modifications to another 30. On an average day at ALC, our team:  

  • Ships and receipts for over 900 aircraft standard boat parts;
  • Responds to over 100 technical/engineering questions;
  • Performs depot maintenance on 23 aircraft;
  • Works on four aircraft for "Unit Drop-In" maintenance;
  • Manages 2000 contracts values at $750M;
  • Has two "expert field teams" repairing aircraft at air stations;
  • Repairs 500 component parts and manufactures 100 piece parts that support PDM and warehouse supported requirements;              
  • Processes approximately 600 Asset Logistics Management Information System (ALMIS) material requisitions.                
  ALC Helicopter Work   

The command occupies 23 buildings with approximately 540,816 square feet of floor space on 55 acres of the 749-acre Support Center complex. This includes two large production hangars, three acres of warehouse space, an engine test cell, machine shop, and an aircraft paint hangar. In addition to space on the complex, ALC occupies the off-site Heavy Maintenance Facility and C-130 metal shop. Outside of the core business processes, ALC occupies a 100,000 square foot "Transformation" warehouse to support the transformation to centralized logistics support for the Coast Guard's standard boat fleets. Over thirty of the forty Sectors currently receive support under the new model, as well as the imminent support of the Digital Global Positioning System Product Line and the Personnel Protective Equipment Product line in late FY10.

As the Coast Guard Aviation’s leader providing mission-critical overhaul and repair services for aircraft and aircraft components, ALC consistently delivers high quality products and services in a cost-effective manner. ALC utilizes best-business practices to ensure this happens and maintains an organizational focus on systematic performance improvement while aggressively pursuing safety and environmental stewardship. To ensure we have a highly skilled workforce, ALC provides education and training opportunities for all employees. Additionally, ALC is strongly committed to the support and strengthening of the local community through employee participation in volunteer services and various Partnership in Education initiatives. 

Engine Interior        To ensure its business management system is effective and continually improving, ALC utilizes the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001-2000 (Quality) and ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental) standards.  In June 2006, ALC reached a significant milestone in Coast Guard history by being the first Coast Guard unit to achieve a fully integrated ISO 9001 and 14001 business system. Additionally, ALC has been actively engaged in Lean/Six Sigma process improvement initiatives which have resulted in more than $12.8M in projected cost avoidances as well as significant increases in process efficiencies throughout the Command.  

ALC’s commitment to excellence is nothing new. In 2006, ALC was the winner of the White House Closing the Circle (CTC) award for demonstrating exemplary environmental stewardship. In 2004, ALC was a Gold Level Recipient of the Commandant’s Quality Award. The Commandant’s Quality Award is based on Malcolm Baldrige performance excellence criteria. In addition, ALC was the 2001 and 2003 Silver Level Recipient of the Commandant’s Quality Award and the 2009 Hamilton Award.

The continuing success of ALC’s business management system is due to the high level of support and dedication exhibited by its military, civilian, and contractor employees throughout all levels of the organization. As one of the largest employers in the area, ALC employs more than 1,500 dedicated workers (175 military, 538 civilians, 32 student apprentices/interns and over 750 contractors). This diverse and talented workforce personifies the Coast Guard core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.