KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany –
Editor’s Note: The following message from Army Col. Faith Chamberlain, commander of DLA Europe & Africa, is a reflection on employees’ extraordinary efforts supporting forces throughout U.S. European Command during the past year.
Defense Logistics Agency Europe & Africa has spent the past year adapting to what is now the U.S. European Command’s “new-normal” in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine allied territory and the corresponding U.S. government response.
One-year after Russia began its invasion of its sovereign neighbor, the United States and our allies and partners around the world remain in lock-step to support Ukraine, hold Russia accountable, and deter Russian aggression against NATO. The U.S. stands firmly with Ukraine in its fight for democracy, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. The Defense Department will continue to support Ukraine with the means to deter and defend itself against further aggression.
DLA Europe & Africa is supporting and enabling Army, Air Force and Navy forces as they face increased demands, uncertainty, and new complexities. As service components changed plans and oriented to new missions, DLA Europe & Africa has remained flexible and agile to support increased troop presence as warfighters move material and establish combat forces capable of deterring further incursions or threats to NATO in their area of responsibility. DLA and all its major subordinate commands adapted to these changes and provided DLA staff augmentation, as well as supporting analysis and integration.
To support warfighters in this new and dynamic environment, DLA Europe & Africa has borrowed from the U.S. Navy’s “Get Real, Get Better” campaign and conducted fresh, honest, hard, and transparent assessments of our performance. Part of our “Get Real” strategy has been understanding the agency’s actual strengths and shortcomings. DLA Europe & Africa will continue to “Get Better” as we reach new levels of proficiency and efficiency in the delivery of joint logistics supporting the warfighter while remaining committed to improvement and self-correction wherever needed.
Leaders throughout DLA Europe & Africa and U.S. European Command are grateful for your support throughout this transformational year. Much hard work remains to be done as we continue our strong partnerships and focus on our core mission. Warfighter Always!