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News | Nov. 26, 2019

Distribution Commanding Officer presents awards, discusses strategic plan at town hall

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Commanding Officer Navy Rear Adm. Kevin M. Jones hosted a DLA Distribution town hall Nov. 18 at the organization’s New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, headquarters. The town hall began with Jones recognizing Distribution employees with awards for individual and team accomplishments followed by an overview of recent updates to DLA Distribution’s dynamic operating plan for fiscal years 2020-2021 and fiscal year 2030 campaign plan. The Distribution plans nest within the DLA 2018-2026 strategic plan goals. Each subordinate element feeds back to the next higher plan for future improvements.

Key components of the fiscal year 2030 campaign plan are 12 initiatives central to Distribution:

  • Realize Reform Savings
  • Enforce Compliance
  • Reduce Costs
  • Develop Leaders
  • Establish Requisite Skills for New Hires/All Employees
  • Transform Training
  • Implement and Sustain Modernization
  • Simplify Processes
  • Transform Production
  • Reengineer How We See Ourselves
  • Increase Productivity
  • Intensively Manage Inventory Accuracy

A new line of effort was added to the campaign plan this year—aimed at bringing Distribution into the 21st century.

The fiscal year 2020-2021 DOP was signed by Jones Sept. 30 and includes seven lines of effort linked to DLA’s strategic plan.

Jones also touted his fiscal year 2020 annual guidance, or “tone at the top” memo to leadership. The key focus areas of the guidance include:

  • Cultural change
  • Quality as our number one priority
  • Improve and meet required audit goals
  • Performance metrics

“Quality is our number one priority,” Jones said. “If you’ve been following this ‘audit journey,’ then you know that our part is inventory accuracy. We need to focus on what it will take to drive the quality up while decreasing human error.”

Additional comments by the commanding officer included ensuring employees are taking care of themselves--getting proper rest during the changeover to Daylight Standard Time, managing holiday stress and staying alert while driving during inclement weather and as deer are crossing roadways during hunting seasons.