Soldier operating Zephyr on Lakota
Getting the parts you need for your Zephyr rescue hoist ground support equipment (RHGSE) may require some additional steps. While most of the Zephyr’s parts have NSNs and are listed in FED LOG, they don’t have a source of supply (SOS) code.
The NSNs are inactive or suspended due to a lack of demand from the field. Plus, units are ordering the parts they need straight from the manufacturer. That has negative effects on the Army supply system and the fleet.
If parts are ordered outside the Army supply system, the demands are not captured and without demand history, the item won’t be purchased for stock.
Because the parts are ordered outside the Army supply system in low quantities, the price is usually higher. The supply system can purchase parts at a reduced cost by procuring larger quantities.
The best solution is to ensure that demands are captured. Processing the DD Form 1348-6 can take a few weeks, so it’s a good idea to order the items you’ll need as early as possible. But it also has the benefit of jump-starting the supply system to get NSNs established and assets purchased and on the shelf.
For information on filling out a DD Form 1348-6, send an email to: