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News | Nov. 7, 2016

USMC commandant sees DLA support of Marines during Philly visit

By Janeen Hayes DLA Troop Support Public Affairs

The Marine Corps’ highest-ranking officer visited the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Nov. 2 to learn more about the organization and how it supports America’s Marines.

Army Brig. Gen. Charles Hamilton, DLA Troop Support commander, led Gen. Robert B. Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, on a tour of some of the organization’s supply chains.

“It was a special day here at DLA Troop Support to have General Neller take time out of his schedule to visit with us,” Hamilton said. “Our team provides outstanding support to the Marines every day, and I am happy that the commandant got a chance to see the work we are doing.”

Throughout the morning, Neller received briefings from the Clothing and Textiles and Construction and Equipment supply chains, where he was able to see items DLA Troop Support procures for the Marine Corps.

Neller was especially interested in extreme cold weather gear, the 3 Season Sleep System and combat boots provided by C&T, and C&E’s special operational equipment program.

Neller sampled one of the Marine Corps’ new unitized group rations menus during the Subsistence supply chain briefing. It consisted of shrimp creole, steamed rice, seasoned peas, chilled pears, dessert and juice.

“This is very good,” Neller said of the shrimp creole.

A recent Subsistence contract will provide Luna Bars for recruits at Parris Island, South Carolina. Neller was pleased to hear that, mentioning the importance of healthy eating for new recruits.

“I am definitely a fan of recruits having a healthy snack,” he said. 

Neller also visited DLA Troop Support’s flag room and the DLA Product Test Center.