Pennsylvania lieutenant governor makes inaugural visit to largest storage facility in DOD

By Brianne M. Bender DLA Distribution Command Affairs

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Pennsylvania’s newly-elected Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, visited DLA Distribution headquarters Feb. 13, for an overview of DLA Distribution, the second largest employer in York County, and a tour of DLA Distribution Susquehanna’s Eastern Distribution Center, the largest storage facility in the Department of Defense.

Following an office call with Distribution Commanding Officer Navy Rear Adm. Kevin M. Jones, Fetterman met with key Distribution staff to receive an organizational overview highlighting DLA Distribution’s global footprint, with particular focus on the over 6,000 DLA employees in Pennsylvania. Also present to provide insight into the value of DLA Distribution’s global network were former DLA Director Vice Adm. Keith Lippert and former DLA Distribution Deputy Commander Phyllis Campbell, SES.

When DLA Distribution Future Plans Director Scott Rosbaugh explained that central Pennsylvania is a vital logistical hub, Fetterman agreed saying “every time I go to my parents’ home in York, I pass a giant logistical structure.”

The politician who was raised in York, Pennsylvania, was most impressed with the agile nature of DLA Distribution, particularly the DLA Distribution Expeditionary Team.

After listening to the humanitarian efforts supported by the organization—specifically DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania —such as the Syrian relief efforts, during which consumable items were shipped in support of, Fetterman commented, “I can’t believe those items were coming from Central Pennsylvania.”

Jones went on to explain that the organization’s expeditionary capabilities have proved essential in many humanitarian disaster relief efforts around the globe, saying “It’s another tool in the toolkit for the combatant commands.”

After a review of DLA Distribution’s 2018 hurricane support, which included the delivery of 8.4 million liters of water and 8.7 million meals to affected areas, Fetterman said, “These are amazing statistics.”

In closing, Fetterman commented, “I’ve really enjoyed this. There are not enough thought exercises like are going on here in today’s world. It was fascinating.”

Following the briefing, Susquehanna Deputy Commander Brent Barnes escorted Fetterman on a tour of DLA Distribution Susquehanna’s Eastern Distribution Center.