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News | June 8, 2017

Expeditionary commander visits DLA Distribution

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs DLA Distribution Public Affairs

On June 1, Army Brig. Gen. Sylvester Cannon, 135th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and several members of his staff met with the DLA Distribution leadership to discuss how the organization supports the movement of critical items in theater and well as its support to Foreign Military Sales.

Cannon’s team, which is part of an independent major command of the Alabama Army National Guard, has been visiting various partners throughout the country to learn about what they do and build cooperative relationships.

Several members of the DLA Distribution leadership team walked Cannon and his team through how DLA Distribution supports the military services by meeting their storage and distribution needs with 26 strategically-located global distribution centers.  

Cannon was particularly interested in how DLA Distribution supports the services in more austere environments, such as the Middle East.  Examples were provided of how DLA Distribution works with partners including U.S. Transportation Command to develop solutions to meet customer needs in any environment.  One such example was the U.S. Central Command Trans-Arabian Network.  The TAN is a robust network throughout the Arabian Peninsula to move strategic sustainment materiel via ground, saving customers money and time.

The group also discussed DLA Distribution’s support to the Foreign Military Sales program, which aims to improve Security Cooperation effectiveness and assists U.S. partner countries in building their defense logistics capacity.  Currently, DLA Distribution supports 13 countries and is in discussions with 10 others.

After the discussion, Cannon and his team went on a tour of the Department of Defense’s largest distribution center, the Eastern Distribution Center located at DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.  The tour, led by distribution center commander Army Col. Brad Eungard, featured a stop at the site’s Consolidation and Containerization Point, High Rise Storage, and Air Line of Communication pallet building operations.