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News | July 17, 2018

IOSCO students tour DLA Distribution Eastern Distribution Center

By Diana Dawa DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Students of the Navy Supply Corps School’s International Officer Supply Course toured DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania’s Eastern Distribution Center warehouse in New Cumberland July 10.

The purpose of the visit was to receive an overview of DLA and DLA Distribution mission capabilities and tour the Defense Department’s largest distribution warehouse.

As part of the IOSCO travel phase, this visit provides students a better understanding of the scale and scope of defense logistics.  The EDC tour helps them better understand the logistics distribution process. 

The group toured various locations within the warehouse – Receiving Operations and Processing, Storage Retrieval and Sortation Systems, which included a visit to the high rise storage and active item systems sections, and the Outloading Operations which encompasses Air Line of Communication Pallet Build Operations and CONUS/OCONUS Surface Staging.

IOSCO is designed to familiarize students with the organizational structure of the United States Government, United States Navy, Navy Supply Systems Command, Defense Logistics Agency, and the relationship to the Foreign Military Sales – FMS – process. IOSCO addresses the Logistics Supply Chain, defined as identifying, locating, ordering and tracking assets.

IOSCO Class Instructor, Navy Lt. Ryan Matlock, organized the tour.  He said students learn about DLA and its processes during the course.

“DLA is a huge supplier … so it’s good for them to come and see what is actually in the warehouses, and the incoming and outgoing actions,” said Matlock.

Mexico Naval Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Marvin Colorado, found the tour very useful.

“It’s good to see the operation up close because it reinforces what we learn in the classroom,” said Colorado.