DLA Director presents Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna with the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence

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On Oct. 28, Defense Logistics Agency director Air Force Lt. Gen. Andrew E. Busch presented Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence, the highest award for excellence among installations.

This is the fourth win for Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna since the installation, formerly known as New Cumberland Army Depot, was deactivated and placed under the command of the Defense Logistics Agency in 1991.

The Commander in Chief's Award for Installation Excellence recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations.  The five recipients of this highly-competitive Presidential award, one from each military service and the Defense Logistics Agency, were selected for their exemplary support of Department of Defense missions.  

“To win this award, it takes all aspects of the partnership. The partnership between Distribution Headquarters, the Distribution Center and safety programs,” explained Busch. “As well as the partnership between the workforce and the bargaining unit.”

Accepting the award on behalf of the installation was Robert Montefour, site director of Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna Installation Support, and Army Col. Corey A. New, Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna commander.

The installation, located in Fairview Township, is home to DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa., the Department of Defense’s largest distribution center.  DLA Distribution Susquehanna is the primary distribution point for U.S. forces and other defense and federal agencies located in the eastern U.S., and serves as the Consolidation and Containerization Point, transiting supplies to Central and South America, Europe, North Africa, and Southwest Asia.

The installation was recognized for planning the use of resources, people, facilities and utilities wisely. It oversaw the design and construction of $20 million in maintenance projects and $150 million in military construction. Its lighting efficiency projects reduced operating costs and resulted in rebates of $500,000 for additional energy conservation. 

In addition to Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna, the service winners of the 2015 CINC award include the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.; and Joint Base Andrews, Md.

Each winning installation received a commemorative Commander in Chief’s Award trophy, certificate and flag, along with a congratulatory letter from the President.

“Winning this award is a very big deal in the DoD community,” explained Busch. “DLA is a very good place to work. You can feel a palpable excitement from the employees working here at Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna.”