Rittenhouse recognized for achievements as commander of Tobyhanna distribution center

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Army Lt. Col. Michael “Troy” Rittenhouse has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his achievements while serving as commander, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Tobyhanna, Pa.

DLA Distribution Tobyhanna, Pa., receives, stores and issues systems ranging from communications; command, control and computers; and intelligence/electronic warfare to satellite communications systems. The organization is noted for handling special electronics operations such as the Electro-Static Discharge Control Program where sensitive parts receive component protection through proper handling, packaging, marking and storage procedures.

During Rittenhouse’s two-year tenure, his team bolstered the communications and electronics readiness of the Armed Services, regional Combatant Commands, and NATO, while supporting Operations Freedom Sentinel, Resolute Support, and Inherent Resolve.

He led the distribution center to a DLA-best 0.00 percent denial rate in orders, as well 100 percent Location and Inventory Accuracy rates for an inventory valued in excess of $8.1 billion.

Under Rittenhouse’s leadership, Tobyhanna shipped $1.2 million of stock items indirect support of Operation United Assistance, DoD’s effort to stop the Ebola virus in west Africa.

His capstone accomplishment was extending storage and distribution programs to 25 new DoD Program Manager stocks, leveraging existing capabilities to support maintenance and worldwide customers.  This effort enabled DoD PMs to reduce their costs by eliminating redundant S&D providers into a single service provider.

“Troy understands the importance of DLA Distribution’s mission, and that, by being the most efficient, most effective and the best value, we remain relevant, and cannot be rivaled by anybody,” said DLA Distribution commander Army Brig. Gen. Richard Dix.