A Defense Department memorandum on consolidation of military supply operations suggests merging Defense Depot Ogden and Hill Air Force Base's Ogden Air Logistics Center.

In a late-December memorandum, Colin McMillan, an assistant defense secretary, said the director of the Defense Logistics Agency "is to proceed with actions as contained in the approved plans . . . both prudently and expeditiously."About 2,000 people work at Defense Depot Ogden, while about 2,200 of Hill Air Force Base's work force hold similar supply and parts distribution and warehousing jobs that would be involved in a consolidation under the Defense Logistics Agency, according to McMillan's memorandum.

McMillan's seven-step plan included consolidation of DDO and the Ogden ALC by this October, but it said "this process permits course adjustments should such be required in the future."

The merging of supply depot functions nationwide was first proposed in April 1990 as a means of saving money immediately through a reduction in administrative jobs.

Other savings would come later from improved operational efficiencies by combining warehousing, transportation, equipment and facilities in the handling of parts and other supplies.

Last May, Maj. Gen. James W. Hopp had said consolidation moves at the two Ogden-area bases had been decided. "It will happen here," he said.