Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor visits DoD’s premier storage and distribution operations

By Emily Tsambiras DLA Distribution Public Affairs

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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack made his inaugural visit to Defense Logistics Agency Distribution headquarters in New Cumberland on Jan. 28 to learn more about the organization’s military supply mission and witness firsthand how it provides to the local economy throughout the commonwealth.   

Stack, a Captain in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, serves as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission, which advocates at the federal, state and local levels for the enhancement of military communities, organizations and defense-related regions throughout the state. 

Kicking off his visit, Stack met with DLA Distribution commander Army Brig. Gen. Richard Dix to discuss the future of the organization’s network of 24 distribution centers worldwide which store and distribute items such as repair parts, construction materiel, medical items, and clothing to America’s military forces around the globe.  "We are DoD’s premier storage and distribution provider.  My goal is to harness additional work for our workforce by demonstrating our ability to be the most effective, efficient, and best value to our customers," said Dix. 

The visit continued with a briefing presented by Dix and his staff on DLA Distribution’s operations and capabilities.  Storing more than 2.4 million items valued at approximately $104 billion, the organization supports customer requirements worldwide, to include Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom, numerous humanitarian assistance missions, both national and international, and a multitude of military exercises to ensure warfighter readiness.   

After the briefing, Stack received a windshield tour of the Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna installation, formerly known as New Cumberland Army Depot. The installation is currently undergoing several military construction projects, to include the removal of several WWI- and WW II-era buildings and the erection of a new, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified DLA Distribution headquarters building, slated for completion this summer. 

During the windshield tour, he stopped to view DLA Distribution’s expeditionary capability, which deploys for contingency operations, humanitarian missions and other military exercises via movable structures and communications equipment operated by a team trained to perform storage and distribution in any environment.  Impressed with its dedication and proficiency, Stack thanked the team for its recent deployment in support of Operation United Assistance, the U.S. military mission to help combat the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. 

He then was given a walking tour of one of DLA Distribution’s largest distribution centers, DLA Distribution Susquehanna, located on base with the headquarters.  While touring DoD’s largest distribution facility, occupying 1.7 million sq. ft. of processing and storage space, he observed the pick and pack process and a demonstration of DLA Distribution Susquehanna’s state-of-the-art automated conveyor and sorting equipment. 

During the visit, Stack spoke of the importance of DLA Distribution’s mission and the installation’s contributions to the local economy, and how impressed he was with the overall operation and workforce and contributions of members of the Commonwealth to the Nation’s security each and every day.   

“DLA Distribution provides significant military value to our Commonwealth and our Nation. We have some great citizens doing some great work.  I’m looking forward to building a stronger relationship with this command and staying apprised of its support to the country’s critical military missions.”