Aviation commander speaks to local Rotarians

By Leon Moore DLA Aviation Public Affairs

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In a small meeting room inside the Sandlot Café on the grounds of the Iron Bridge Sports Park in Chester, Virginia, Feb. 5, a relationship was forged between a local civic group and Defense Logistics Agency Aviation.

DLA Aviation Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. David Sanford was the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Chester’s bi-weekly meeting. Sanford has made building strong partnerships with local communities a priority since he arrived in July 2019. This falls in line with DLA’s Strategic Plan to raise awareness of DLA operations and highlight our contributions to the nation through public engagements.

During his roughly 30-minute presentation to the close to 20 business, government and community leaders who attended, Sanford gave them a history lesson about the various aspects of Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, including the critical missions its tenant activities undertake in support of our nation’s warfighters. DLA Aviation is the largest tenant activity on center.  

He also talked about ways people working on DSCR can get involved, volunteering with the Rotarians and helping those in need in local communities.  

"These are invaluable opportunities for DLA Aviation to reach out to the community to establish partnerships and long-term friendships to help us both give back to the community and maybe allow the community help us," he said. 

Jeff Jacobs, president of the Rotary Club of Chester, said he couldn’t agree more with Sanford’s assessment. 

"It meant a great deal to us to have the general here today. It shows DLA Aviation is concerned about the community and how we can work in collaborative ways," he said.