NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. –
The Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna installation hosted its fifth annual SummerFest and Organization Day celebration Aug. 14. The celebration began early with a special VIP Kids Day registration, where DLA Distribution employees were encouraged to bring their children to work with them and visit their workplaces. The children were provided materials to create their own name badges and were then greeted by Navy RDML Kevin M. Jones, commanding officer, DLA Distribution. Jones performed a mock oath of office with the children and then posed for a group photo before the formal SummerFest opening ceremony and start of the celebration. The DLA Installation Management Susquehanna Security and Emergency Services Fire team demonstrated the fire equipment and safety tips. This video shows the highlights of the demonstration.
Following the presentation of the colors and the national anthem, the DLA Installation Operations Susquehanna Site Director, Rob Montefour, addressed the crowd, comprised of approximately 3,000 Department of Defense civilian and military employees and their families.
“This installation was recognized just last week with a presidential-level award, the Commander in Chief’s award for Installation Excellence,” said Montefour. “It is outstanding events like the one we have planned for you today that earned this presidential recognition.”
DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania and Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna Garrison Commander, Army Col. March Callis, welcomed the crowd saying, “Thank you to our workforce for understanding the importance of what you do and for delivering victory around the globe every single day in support of the American warfighter. I’m proud to be on your team!”
The event included a live performance by local artist Garrett Shultz and his band; a children’s area with bounce houses, a clown making animal balloons, mechanical bull rides and a caricature artist. The installation pool was open for free swimming and children and adults alike enjoyed the car and bike show as well as food vendors and info booths where employees learned about safety, the environment, military and veteran services.