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News | Sept. 8, 2015

DLA Senior Enlisted Leader visits DLA Distribution

By Emily Tsambiras DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Senior Enlisted Leader Army Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Tobin made his inaugural visit to DLA Distribution on Aug. 28 to learn how the organization performs storage and distribution functions for the military services and other key customers.

After an introduction to key Distribution staff, Tobin said, "I'm honored and humbled.  I'm in the best agency in DoD.  It's a great place to work. What makes me successful is what you do at this level.  Thank you for what you do each and every day.  I'm here to learn, to be educated."

After an organizational overview highlighting DLA Distribution’s 24 distribution centers worldwide as well as its expeditionary team, Tobin emphasized DLA Director Air Force Lt. Gen. Andy Busch’s focus on resilience and wellness within the workforce.   He asked that everyone remember that resilience is about families--and the need to take care of them. "I'm personally successful because of my family," he said.

He was also interested in how DLA Distribution is posturing itself to be successful in the future, particularly through the use of its Foreign Military Sales and the organization’s relationship to the U.S. Transportation Command.   As part of a new initiative, DLA Distribution has partnered with TRANSCOM and Defense Security Cooperation Agency to offer combined distribution services and end-to-end solutions for Foreign Military Sales customers.

Other topics discussed included readiness and leader development, as well as current military construction projects ongoing within the Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna, installation, including the new DLA Distribution headquarters building, scheduled to be completed this fall.

Following the briefing, Tobin toured DLA Distribution Susquehanna’s Eastern Distribution Center, the largest in DoD, to witness storage and distribution in motion.  He then toured the installation and paid a visit to DLA’s only Airborne Riggers at Distribution Susquehanna’s Aerial Delivery and Textile operation.  A former member of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Tobin was interested in the parachute rigging operations conducted in the facility.

Concluding his visit, Tobin thanked employees on behalf of Lt. Gen. Busch for their continuing commitment to serving the Warfighter.