NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa., Oct. 11, 2017 —
During the past month and a half of the 2017 hurricane season, the southern portions of the U.S. has been continuously battered by category 4 or higher storms. In addition to the DLA Distribution Expeditionary team that deployed to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas to support those affected by Harvey; Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama to support Irma victims; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina to aid those affected by Maria; DLA Distribution has seen a surge of support from the Capability-Based Volunteer program.
The CBV program falls under the DoD Civilian Expeditionary Workforce umbrella. The program provides a pool of qualified workers in various expertise or job roles that are organized, ready, trained and equipped in a manner that enhances their availability to mobilize and respond urgently to expeditionary requirements.
“Generally, we look to fill deployments or other mission related support through our Civilian Expeditionary Workforce program or Active/Reserve Military Forces, prior to soliciting for volunteers to meet mission requirements,” said Deneen Diggs, supervisor expeditionary logistics for DLA Distribution.
According to Diggs and the CBV program, volunteers willing to support the program must gain approval from their supervisors and commanders and have an existing government travel card and DTS account. Additionally, the DLA Distribution Travel Group assisted the CBV’s and volunteers by expediting government travel card applications and travel requests.
In addition to the CBV’s, DLA Distribution’s reserve teams also assisted in the relief efforts. The team of 11 Navy and one Army personnel were able to provide relief to some of the Expeditionary Team personnel located at Randolph AFB, allowing them to return home.