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News | Aug. 27, 2020

Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Guam, Marianas is awarded the Patricia A. Kuntz Distribution Center of the Year Award

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Maintaining a warfighter first mentality and implementing initiatives that position the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution for success, DLA Distribution Guam, Marianas, has been awarded the Patricia A. Kuntz Distribution Center of the Year Award, for small distribution centers.

With accountability a forefront thought of DDGM leaders, they implemented various programs to ensure employees maintained a high level of concentration and focus, even when tasks seemed monotonous and mundane. The effect of using positive outcomes, as opposed to negative consequences, had an immediate improvement on operations and personnel morale.

As part of DLA’s whole of government efforts, DDGM has become a forward position for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, maintaining a supply of material support and having that material pre-positioned to respond to disaster relief efforts in the DDGM area of operations.

In addition to support for FEMA, DDGM was instrumental in providing support for a high level training mission in the region. DDGM was a critical partner in preparing to receive cargo from both California and Korea, and then onboarding that cargo to the end destination in a very tight timeframe.

In a proof of concept mission, DDGM worked alongside Navy Military Sealift Command and DLA Troop Support to move 20 pallets of frozen and chilled food to one of the outer islands of Guam. This proof of concept demonstrated that DDGM has the capability to successfully extend beyond what was considered the limited range of operations for DDGM.

Implementing new training programs, DDGM initiated a training policy that provided a rotational mentoring and training program where senior leaders were able to directly train new upcoming leaders.

A leading team in accountability, program implementation and warfighter first service, DDGM has set an example and bar of excellence for other distribution centers.