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News | Aug. 20, 2019

Toomey advisors meet with DLA Distribution leadership for operations overview

By Dawn Bonsell, DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Robert DeSousa, state director, and Dylan Clement, national security advisor for U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, visited the midstate Oct. 11 to meet with the leadership of Defense Logistics Agency Distribution in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. The visit was part of an effort to visit all central Pennsylvania military installations and to serve as an orientation for Clement as Toomey’s new security advisor during their August recess.

DeSousa, an officer with the Pennsylvania National Guard, was interested in the modernization efforts taking place at various locations throughout DLA Distribution’s worldwide network. According to Navy Rear Adm. Kevin M. Jones, commanding officer, “We have a holistic strategy—with a goal to reduce cost and increase productivity.”

DLA Distribution leadership provided an overview of the core and unique capabilities of DLA Distribution, including the global locations of the 25 distribution centers, the diverse scheduled truck network that saves the services millions of dollars every year, the current audit readiness and audit sustainment efforts to reduce risk and cost to the warfighter, acquisition including the global distribution expeditionary contract that provides quick and agile Distribution response to satisfy emergent or surging requirements, the joint expeditionary workforce team, public private partnerships, the newly assigned F-35 global transportation and distribution and North America regional warehousing in partnership with U.S. Transportation Command, recent military exercise support and modernization efforts to take DLA Distribution into the 21st century. 

According to DeSousa, the brief was very helpful. He added that, “Although Senator Toomey isn’t on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, please reach out to Dylan with any concerns or issues that you have that the senator can push forward for you.”