News | March 23, 2022

DLA Troop Support employee retires after 31 years of service

By Christian Deluca DLA Troop Support Public Affairs

The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support celebrated 31 years of service during a retirement ceremony for Clothing and Textiles supply planner Shirley Kyser March 21 in Philadelphia.

Kyser was honored with members of her immediate family in attendance.

DLA Troop Support Deputy Commander Richard Ellis presided over the ceremony, and said Kyser’s commitment and dedication to her work was made possible in part through the support of her family.

“Please know that we appreciate you. The children and families who grew up with a parent or relative working for DLA Troop Support suffer some of the same sacrifices as the warfighters they support,” Ellis said. “But those sacrifices have not gone unnoticed, or unappreciated. So on behalf of our warfighters throughout the world: thank you for your sacrifice.”

Kyser began her career in 1991 as a GS-3 clerk-typist at what was then called the Defense Industrial Supply Center. She held multiple positions throughout the years as she moved up the ranks and landed in the Clothing and Textile supply chain, where she created and managed annual and midyear funding plans for items she managed.

Kyser thanked her family and workmates through the years, who she said believed in her and pushed her to be the best she could be despite sometimes stressful, but always gratifying work.

“I’m grateful for all the friendships I’ve made, and I’ll miss every one of you. It was an honor and a privilege to serve this great nation supporting the warfighter for the past 31 years,” she said.

Kyser plans on spending retirement continuing her tradition of volunteering with the Philadelphia Phillies, traveling and spending more time with her twelve grandchildren, to whom she made a promise.

“Next time you ask for a sleep over at grammy’s,” she said. “I promise, after next week, I won’t say ‘no I have to work tomorrow’ ever again.”