News | Oct. 4, 2021

Agency head visits K-town property disposal crew

By Jake Joy DLA Disposition Services

A pair of employees recently got “coined” when Defense Logistics Agency Director Vice Adm. Michelle Skubic visited the team at DLA Disposition Services’ site in Kaiserslautern, Germany, for the first time Sept. 28.

Birgit Feltman, a “consummate teammate,” was honored for her stellar effort serving as a site sales technician during the past year and a half. Feltman was cited for her willingness to learn and contribute to all aspects of the site’s property disposal mission while still “picking, verifying and packing” nearly 9,000 items for sales on 37 commercial orders and loading more than 50 commercial trucks. As a result of her can-do attitude and effort, the “jack of all trades” received a promotion to higher grade in April.

John Brown was also honored for contributions he made during a temporary promotion to site operations chief and while filling in as property management branch supervisor. During his stint as supervisor, Brown was instrumental in the reduction of average time from shipment receipt to induction into the accountable record from 38 days to just five. That effort also helped reduce the site’s total daily production workload of unprocessed receipts from 22 days to less than five, meeting the command’s established Business Process Review goal. 

“It was motivating to see the interaction between Admiral Skubic and everyone at the site,” said Area Manager Jeff Livingston. “She made everyone feel valued for their contribution to the warfighter.”

During Skubic’s visit, Livingston provided a tour of the site’s warehouse, demonstrations at its demilitarization center, and briefed the agency director on the sub-command’s support for OPERATION ALLIES REFUGE, the DOD effort to airlift U.S. embassy personnel, Afghan Special Immigrant Visa applicants, interpreters, and those deemed to be at-risk.

Outgoing region Director Tina Maier led the agency’s property disposal efforts throughout Europe and Africa and shared information with the admiral on the support operations and challenges the sub-command faces throughout the two continents. The region includes permanent facilities in Germany, Spain, Italy, England, Turkey, Portugal, and Djibouti.