DLA National Account Managers visit DLA Distribution

By Dawn Bonsell, DLA Distribution PAO DLA Distribution Susquehanna Pennsylvania

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The Defense Logistics Agency Army National Account Manager team, including Andrew Monday, DLA Logistics Operations' Military Services Support Division deputy director, Navy Capt. Wesley P. Johnson, Marine Corps Col. Steven J. deLazaro and Air Force Col. Luther T. King, visited Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Mar. 3 for a command overview by DLA Distribution Commanding Officer Navy Rear Adm. Kevin M. Jones, and a tour of the Eastern Distribution Center.

The DLA NAM team connects warfighters to DLA’s major subordinate commands, including DLA Distribution, monitoring material availability, pre-positioned stock and readiness of weapons systems.

DLA National Account Managers visit DLA Distribution
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, Commander, Army Col. James M. Callis, second from right, provides a tour of the Eastern Distribution Center to DLA’s Andrew Monday, DLA Logistics Operations' Military Services Support Division deputy director, third from right and DLA Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force National Account Managers March 3. (Photo by Diana Dawa)
DLA National Account Managers visit DLA Distribution
DLA National Account Managers visit DLA Distribution
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, Commander, Army Col. James M. Callis, second from right, provides a tour of the Eastern Distribution Center to DLA’s Andrew Monday, DLA Logistics Operations' Military Services Support Division deputy director, third from right and DLA Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force National Account Managers March 3. (Photo by Diana Dawa)
Photo By: Diana Dawa
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DLA Distribution Acting Deputy Commander, Perry Knight, opened the command overview brief with an invitation to the NAM team to be inquisitive. “From your fox hole, things look different out there. You’re at home here, so ask questions.”

From there, DLA Distribution Director of Future Plans, Scott Rosbaugh, went on to welcome the group, expressing to the DLA NAMs that, “we appreciate you each and every day. You carry the ball for us.”

Following the general command brief covering the topics of DLA Distribution leadership, locations, capabilities and modernization plans, the DLA Distribution team moved into the heart of the brief discussing key areas such as consolidation and containerization point eligibility, General Services Administration support, pricing, outside the continental United States stock rationalization, Navy operating materials and supplies inventory, the vendor shipment module web based interface and other key topics to help support the warfighter in what they do every day.

Concerning service owned material, DLA Distribution explained that DLA completed a 100% inventory in 2019 and a service owned material inventory will be completed this year. DLA Distribution relies on the services to inform them of any inactive material that should be moved.

The group also discussed the F-35 Global Transportation and Distribution and North American Regional Warehousing mission recently assigned to DLA and USTRANSCOM. “The early integration to new weapons systems — are you seeing that as a paradigm shift,” asked Marine Corps Col. Steven J. deLazaro. “Absolutely,” responded DLA Distribution Business Development Director, Joe Faris, “We identified it as a tremendous opportunity from the warehousing side.”

Following the command brief, the group was led on a tour through DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pennsylvania’s Eastern Distribution Center, a 1.7 million square foot warehouse — the largest within the Department of Defense.