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News | Jan. 27, 2017

Army logistics senior leaders visit DLA Distribution

By Dawn Bonsell DLA Distribution Public Affairs

William Moore, the assistant deputy chief of staff for the Army logistics enterprise, along with Barbara Sotirin, director of the U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency, visited DLA Distribution Jan. 18 to receive a command briefing and tour of the largest distribution center in the Department of Defense.

Scott Rosbaugh, director of strategic plans at DLA Distribution headquarters in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, led a discussion of DLA Distribution’s worldwide network and the special functions the command provides all of DLA, such as kitting, handling hazardous materials and coordinating transportation. Rosbaugh emphasized that DLA Distribution is the largest service provider in DoD, at the crossroads of the combatant commands, military services and inventory control points.

In addition, DLA Distribution is co-located at all military service industrial sites for retail and wholesale storage and distribution support, Rosbaugh noted. The sites where Distribution is co-located with the Army as a service provider are Corpus Christi, Texas; Red River, Texas; Anniston, Alabama; and Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. 

Moore expressed interest in learning more about the audit-readiness efforts of DLA Distribution. “The audit-readiness process is definitely going to be a partnership as we account for Army owned assets that DLA is holding,” he said.

Perry Knight, chief of staff at DLA Distribution headquarters, explained the audit process as “either a big or a little stone dropped, and both of us will feel the ripple.”

To see how the distribution process works, Moore and Sotirin visited DLA Distribution Susquehanna’s Distribution Center. The guests toured the receiving, processing, storage, retrieval, CONUS surface outloading operations and air lines of communication area outloading, where they saw the supply chain in action. The tour included the organization’s key locations, including the Consolidation and Containerization Point and the high-rise storage and retrieval system.