News | June 1, 2020

DLA Distribution supports troops, federal agencies while protecting employees during COVID-19

By Dawn Bonsell, DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Distribution continues providing medical supplies and personal protective equipment to service members and other federal agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The sun never sets on DLA Distribution, even during an unconventional war with an invisible enemy named COVID-19,” said Navy Rear Adm. Kevin M. Jones, commanding officer.

DLA Distribution San Diego providing mission essential support to national fight against COVID-19
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution San Diego, California, makes daily medical supply truck deliveries to the USNS Mercy, staged in the Los Angeles Port of San Pedro, where sailors provide operational medicine support to help with the COVID-19 outbreak.
DLA Distribution San Diego providing mission essential support to national fight against COVID-19
DLA Distribution San Diego providing mission essential support to national fight against COVID-19
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution San Diego, California, makes daily medical supply truck deliveries to the USNS Mercy, staged in the Los Angeles Port of San Pedro, where sailors provide operational medicine support to help with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Photo By: Annette Silva
VIRIN: 200402-D-LB125-0001

Since March, the organization has shipped to worldwide troops over 15 million face coverings, 34,000 exam gloves, 54,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 27,000 thermometers, 11,000 Tyvek suits, 1,600 boxes of testing swabs, 600 COVID-19 test kits and 350 oxygen tanks, as well as 65,000 heat-and-serve meals.

DLA Distribution also worked with U.S. Northern Command to ship over 100,000 human remains pouches and 1.3 million shelf-stable meals to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which leads the federal response to COVID-19 in the continental United States.

DLA Distribution Bahrain supplies U.S. Central Command troops despite border restrictions
Despite COVID-19 border restrictions, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Bahrain maintains forward-positioned stock and provides multimodal distribution as the single theater distribution platform to U.S. forces operating in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
DLA Distribution Bahrain supplies U.S. Central Command troops despite border restrictions
DLA Distribution Bahrain supplies U.S. Central Command troops despite border restrictions
Despite COVID-19 border restrictions, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Bahrain maintains forward-positioned stock and provides multimodal distribution as the single theater distribution platform to U.S. forces operating in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
Photo By: DLA Distribution Public Affairs
VIRIN: 200505-D-D0441-0007

Protecting employees and maintaining mission readiness during the whole-of-government effort have remained priorities for DLA and Defense Department leaders since the onset of the pandemic. DLA Distribution provided face coverings to its 10,000 employees at U.S. and overseas distribution centers and expanded facility cleanliness with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Social distancing measures such as telework and the use of virtual applications were also adopted to mitigate disease spread.

Matthew Woodruff, a general supply specialist with DLA Distribution San Joaquin, California, said he understands the importance of supporting DOD’s ongoing mission during the pandemic.

“No matter what happens in the world, the need to support the warfighter never stops. The warfighter risks their lives every day so I can enjoy the freedoms that I have, and it is my duty to return the favor so they can complete their missions,” Woodruff said. “I am the third generation in my family to work at DDJC; this isn’t just a job to me, but my family’s legacy to serving this great country.”

DLA Distribution supports troops, federal agencies while protecting employees during COVID-19
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Yokosuka, Japan, collaborates with 7th Fleet employees to ship over 16,000 face coverings, over 186,000 protective gloves, over 1,000 protective coveralls and 600 goggles to 21 ships in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility to help control the spread of COVID-19.
DLA Distribution supports troops, federal agencies while protecting employees during COVID-19
DLA Distribution supports troops, federal agencies while protecting employees during COVID-19
Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Yokosuka, Japan, collaborates with 7th Fleet employees to ship over 16,000 face coverings, over 186,000 protective gloves, over 1,000 protective coveralls and 600 goggles to 21 ships in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility to help control the spread of COVID-19.
Photo By: DLA Distribution Public Affairs
VIRIN: 200505-D-D0441-0001