SIGONELLA, Italy –
Navy Capt. Pamela Dozier has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal for her achievements while serving as commander, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Sigonella, Italy.
Dozier, who took command in September 2015, led the distribution center during a critical time of exponential growth in the scope and velocity of DLA Distribution Sigonella’s operations.
DLA Distribution Sigonella operates the highest turnover of the Material Processing Centers and during Dozier’s tenure over half of a million material movement transactions were either transshipped or processed through the MPC.
Additionally, under her leadership there were over 120,000 inbound shipments representing a 20 percent increase in import container volume for the distribution center.
To facilitate major operational planning evolutions conducted by Command Task Forces in the Region, Dozier designed a scheduled truck network covering four major destinations in the Area of Responsibility with specific transit times and frequencies.
Following a request from Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa and elements of U.S. Africa Command, Dozier led the effort in building and preparing DLA’s first facility in Africa to manage materiel receiving, storage and distribution over the course of only 18 months, including the development of a consolidation shipping point and the establishment of a Material Processing Center at the Port of Djibouti in support of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.
This addition to the network increased efficiency in the strategic logistics flow with the increasing buildup of troops and other government organizations on a military base that has seen its footprint growth nearly five-fold. Currently, this initiative has reduced customer wait times from 37 to only nine days for stocked items and generates savings near $2.75 million annually.
Dozier also facilitated the reduction of receiving processing time by 70 percent by working with commercial transportation partners in requesting advance notices of shipments and formatting delivery manifests in searchable tools. The immediate impact was that DLA employees who were part of the lengthy receiving process could redirect their efforts in other essential missions.