Red River hosts annual Employee Appreciation Day

By Brianne M. Bender DLA Distribution Public Affairs


Each year, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Red River, Texas, hosts its annual Employee Appreciation Day at Elliott Lake, a recreational area located at Red River Army Depot to show appreciation to all employees for their hard work. This year’s event was held on Oct. 16.

In true Texas fashion, everyone enjoyed a barbecue with “all the fixings,” games such as dominoes, spades, corn hole and the crowd favorite – horseshoes. Employees also participated in the second annual dessert contest vying for the title of best cake, best cookie, best pie or best miscellaneous. Additionally, a car and motorcycle show was added to this year’s event, and it featured 11 entries.

“I enjoyed the day at the lake fellowshipping with co-workers,” said Carolyn Webster, DLA Distribution Red River packer. “I especially enjoyed competing in the domino game!”

DLA Distribution Red River’s commander, Army Lt. Col. Anthony Stoeger and deputy commander, Frank Holobinko each volunteered to take their turn in the dunking booth, giving any employee who was willing, the chance to dunk them.

“The DLA Distribution Red River Employee Appreciation Day is just one of the ways management can thank our employees for their hard work and dedication throughout the year,” explained Stoeger. “This year’s event had something for everyone. Overall, I thought it was a great event and we look forward to making next year’s EAD even better.”

Keith Swartz, DLA Distribution Red River, Texas, supervisory Distribution facilities specialist summed up the day by saying “I look forward to the Employee Appreciation Day each year. It is a great time to share comradery with the entire Red River team, from warehouse workers to office personnel, all the way to the Command Office. It allows all of us to have fun for the day and realize that no matter what our jobs may be while working, it takes all of us to make DLA Distribution Red River the successful distribution center it is today.”