DLA Distribution Team,
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with friends and family and show appreciation for all that we have and, as I prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I am extremely grateful for my wonderful family. Additionally, I am thankful to be part of DLA Distribution… an extraordinary organization which is committed to delivering the Right Things…at the Right Place, at the Right Time! The incredible flexibility, commitment, and dedication of our resilient workforce is truly remarkable and is how we are able to accomplish our mission. Despite natural disasters, uncertain budgets, and an increasingly complex international security environment, DLA Distribution continues exceeding every expectation for support to the Warfighter.
And speaking of Warfighters, please remember those who are deployed … we still have thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines fighting tough fights in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria … in harsh environments, on ships, and in deserts … as well as those who stand against tyranny in places like Korea, Europe, Africa, and around the globe. They sacrifice to protect the freedoms we hold dear, so please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. I hope each of you feel great satisfaction, like I do, knowing that we have contributed to ensuring the Warfighter has what they need to do their missions so they can return safely home to their families.
During the Thanksgiving holiday, I encourage you to consider all the accomplishments and achievements of 2017. Find time to enjoy the company of family and friends and reflect upon how you have personally contributed to serving the Warfighter and the Nation and take pride in knowing that you are part of something larger than yourself. We have just completed our new DLA Strategic Plan which will help chart the Agency’s course for the next decade and I’ll be working with the leadership across DLA Distribution to ensure everyone understands how our global Distribution network will continue to contribute to sustaining Warfighter readiness. Whatever your plans, use sound judgment during the holidays … we depend on each other as a team and I am personally counting on your safe return.
On behalf of Ms. Gonzales and myself, and from my family to yours … thank you for what you do every day. DLA Distribution, I am proud to be on your team!
BG John S. Laskodi