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News | July 15, 2016

Students learn about DLA careers

By Bonnie Koenig DLA Aviation Public Affairs

On July 14, Defense Logistics Agency Aviation hosted 40 rising junior and senior students from the Hanover Regional Governor’s School for Career and Technical Advancement  three-week summer program. The students came to Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, to learn about the various career fields that encompass the DLA Aviation and DLA  Installation Support at Richmond workforce.

 Students watched a video titled ‘The Story of Us’ about the DLA enterprise’s global footprint, then DLA Aviation military service members gave briefings on their jobs and career paths, followed by smaller group sessions where they learned about career fields in engineering, chemistry, logistics and acquisition, public safety and security and the environmental. The students also learned about future employment opportunities through the agency’s Pathways to Career Excellence and Intern Programs and heard from program members who shared opportunities they have had and some of their own personal experiences.  In addition, they learned about the careers of the F100 engine weapon system program manager, product specialist, and material planner.

During the briefings, DLA Aviation and DLA Installation Support at Richmond employees shared information with the students about their education, careers and the types of jobs that provide support to America’s warfighters.

Jonathan Lewis, HRGS-CTA field experience coordinator began planning the event with DLA Aviation’s Public Affairs Office in April, and said he reached out to DLA Aviation because a staff member at the Virginia Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education Office recommended DSCR as an excellent business model of how logistics is handled. Lewis said this is the first year of the summer residential program. He hopes the experience of visiting DSCR will leave students with a new appreciation for how logistics works, is managed and the type of career fields involved.