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News | June 14, 2018

Jones takes the helm at DLA Distribution

By Emily Tsambiras DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Navy Rear Adm. Kevin Jones formally took over as DLA Distribution commanding officer during a June 12 Change of Command ceremony, when he accepted the organization’s colors from DLA director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams.

Relinquishing command was Army Brig. Gen. John S. Laskodi, who has served as DLA Distribution commanding general since June 2016.

Following the traditional passing of the colors, marking the transition of leadership, Williams spoke of Laskodi’s numerous accomplishments over the last 24 months, including the DLA Distribution Expeditionary team’s humanitarian efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the standup of three overseas distribution centers, and the organization’s superior performance metrics.

Laskodi responded to the comments saying “…those were not my accomplishments, but rather, the work of this incredible workforce.  As both a 35-year customer and as your leader for the last two years, I am incredibly thankful.”

Introducing the workforce to Jones, Williams announced that DLA Distribution was in good hands, describing Jones as a “focused leader” and a “Warfighter’s logistician” who will get the job done.

Jones, who joined DLA Distribution following his last assignment as commander of the Office of Special Projects, announcing that he was “very proud” to be taking over as commander.

“We are a command on the leading edge of change.  I believe our future is a good one and I look forward to realizing it with you. Now let’s get back to work and see if we can make life a little better for our friends and a lot more difficult for our enemies.”

DLA Distribution offers best value supply chain solutions through a broad range of services including storage, distribution, customized kits and specialized packaging as well as transportation support and technology development.  Customers include the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and other agencies.  Headquartered in New Cumberland, Pa., DLA Distribution operates a global network of more than 50 sites employing over 10,000 people worldwide.  DLA Distribution is a major subordinate command of the Defense Logistics Agency.