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News | Oct. 24, 2019

Distribution Deputy Commander hosts town hall, tours facilities and recognizes retiring director at DLA Distribution Albany, Georgia

By By Dawn Bonsell, DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Deputy Commander, Ms. Twila Gonzales, Senior Executive Service, hosted a DLA Distribution Albany, Georgia, town hall Sept. 24.

During the town hall, Gonzales discussed the agency’s current landscape, emphasizing that DLA Distribution plans to move into the 21st century. “Going into this next fiscal year, Distribution is going to get out of the trenches and get ahead of the game,” said Gonzales. She went on to discuss a major transformation in how we lead, train, and how we get the work done to reshape the battlefield. According to Gonzales, “We will be simplifying our processes, transforming our productivity; reengineering how we see ourselves is going to be a vital avenue toward reaching our end state of reduced costs and realizing savings mandated by reform.”

Following the town hall, Gonzales toured DDAG, discussing warehouse storage aid improvements, new procurement materials and railcar loading operations with employees.

Before departing, Gonzales hosted a retirement ceremony for outgoing DDAG Director, Ms. Rita Varner. Varner, who served a total of 32 years of federal service, was presented with a DLA Exceptional Civilian Service Award for her 10 years of service to DDAG. “Not only has she served as a strategic leader, her efforts helped shape the path of logistics throughout her tenure and into the future,” said Gonzales. Varner also received the DLA Distinguished Career Service Award, a retirement certificate and plaque, a DLA flag, a DLA Silver Letter from DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Darrel K. Williams and a Senior Executive Service note from Gonzales that stated, “Without a doubt, our warfighting customers were in good hands when you were involved in their support. You were always sensitive to their needs as you provided outstanding logistics support … on time, on target … all of the time.” Gonzales also presented Varner’s husband with a certificate of appreciation for his support to both his wife as well as DLA and the Department of Defense.