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DLA Logistics Operations director visits agency personnel in Philly 
By Michael Tuttle, DLA Troop Support 

The Defense Logistics Agency director of logistics operations was in Philadelphia Feb. 27 to listen and learn from DLA Troop Support leaders how he can help their warfighter mission.

“You guys are doing good,” Army Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dowd told a group from the medical supply chain. “I’m just here to help knock down some walls for you.”

The day started with a discussion on DLA Troop Support’s Time to Award efforts. The enterprisewide project aims to make the contracting process faster.

Army Brig. Gen. Steven Shapiro, DLA Troop Support commander, said it’s important to keep doing quality contracting work while trying to make awards faster.

Dowd noted the challenges in measuring the Time to Award project’s success within DLA Troop Support’s five supply chains and throughout the other DLA field activities.

All agreed about the importance of the final goal, to get warfighters what they need as fast as possible.

“It was a good session with the [DLA] Troop Support Time to Award team,” Dowd said. “They understand it and get it.”

During a meeting with subsistence supply chain leaders, Dowd was briefed on plans to provide integrated food services, from food procurement to facility operations, to military dining facilities.

Dowd said he can help promote the program by directly communicating its value with senior logistics leaders in the services and other agencies.

Dowd also took part in a discussion about DLA taking control of items that the U.S. General Services Administration currently supplies.

More than 5,000 items may potentially transition to DLA Troop Support. GSA representatives will be at DLA Troop Support this week to work on issues related to transferring management of those items.