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News | Nov. 2, 2018

DLA developmental program graduates mark beginning of career phase

By Mikia Muhammad DLA Troop Support Public Affiars

Entry-level Defense Logistics Agency employees marked the end of their apprenticeship learning various aspects of logistics support during a graduation ceremony Oct. 31 at DLA Troop Support in Philadelphia.

Nearly 88 DLA Pathways to Career Excellence Program participants were recognized during the ceremony attended by family, friends and colleagues. Graduates from DLA Aviation Philadelphia and the DLA Contracting Services Office were also honored.

“Each of you will play a vital role in the success of our organization – in the success of getting what the warfighter needs, where and when they need it,” DLA Troop Support Acquisition Executive William Kenny said.

Kenny provided keynote remarks and thanked the graduates for the work they’ve already done for the agency and the work they will do.

“In just two short years, your impact has already been felt in our organization,” Kenny said. “Whether clearing backorders, offering new and innovative ways to do business, or serving on a special project that enabled us to be more effective in our mission, you have already made a difference.”

During the two-year training program, participants developed and honed their skills through classroom and functional training, and gained an understanding of DLA’s logistics support, DLA Training Career Management Division Chief Pamela Latker said.

DLA Troop Support graduates work in each supply chain – Subsistence, Clothing and Textiles, Construction and Equipment, Medical and Industrial Hardware – serving as contract, supply and product specialists.

“You’ve recognized that this program was the cornerstone to your DLA career and you stayed focused,” Latker told the graduates. “Your journey with DLA has entered a new stage and now it’s time to take ownership of your career.”

Latker and Kenny encouraged graduates to continue learning through training, mentorship and personal development.

“Your success depends on you,” Kenny said. “Our warfighters and customers depend on your success. Do all that you can to expand your knowledge base, not just within your current supply chain but in all facets of DLA Troop Support, DLA and the [Department of Defense].”