News | July 6, 2022

A change of leadership for DLA Distribution Europe

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Europe command leadership transferred as Army Lt. Col. Katie Dlugosz relinquished command to Army Lt. Col. Kimberly Rembert in a change of command ceremony held July 6.

Army Col. Faith Chamberlain, commander of DLA Europe & Africa, officiated the ceremony.

Dlugosz became commander of DLA Distribution Europe in June 2020. A native of Newport News, Virginia, she graduated from Warwick High School and was commissioned as a Transportation Corps officer in 2002 through Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia.

While serving as the commander of DDDE, Dlugosz successfully led all functions and processes of the distribution center comprised of 200 civilian workers, 10 warehouses and 2 bulk yards storing 34,000 lines of material for European Command, Central Command, and Africa Command. Customer-facing missions unique to her command include a $90 million Army Supply Support Activity, a 90-vehicle fleet for the Department of State valued at $12 million, and regional distribution partnerships with the Joint Logistics Enterprise in Europe.  Dlugosz oversaw the execution of over 400,000 customer orders, processing of over 200,000 trans-shipments and the dispatch of over 7,000 trucks in support of theatre level exercises, steady state and contingency operations. Her efforts were critical to the support of Operation Allies Refuge, shipping over $4.5 million in material to safe havens.

Dlugosz was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her exemplary service as commander of DDDE.

Incoming commander Rembert is a native of Pensacola, Florida. Before taking command at DDDE, she was the plans branch chief for the J4, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Italy in Milan, Italy.

Rembert graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps, in 2004. Rembert also holds a Master of Science degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.Her previous assignments include: maintenance control officer, Golf Forward Support Company, 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment; 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; supply officer, 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; support operations planner and brigade maintenance officer, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas; logistics operations officer, transportation operations officer, 3rd Sustainment Brigade; commander, 632nd Maintenance Company, 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, Fort Stewart, Georgia; support operations observer, controller, trainer, Adler Team; transportation operations planner, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany; Brigade Logistics Support Team, Army Field Support Battalion-Bliss; executive officer, 501st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas and logistics and strategic planner, Plans and Policy Directorate, US. Army Central, Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter, South Carolina.

Rembert deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

She is a graduate of the Ordnance Officer Basic Course, Aberdeen Combined Logistics Captains Career Course and Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 

Rembert’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters,) Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters), the Combat Action Badge and Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharp.