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DLA Headquarters News

Celebrating 60 years: DLA proves itself in the 1960s
Defense General Supply Center employees learn how to run the SAMMS on IBM 360 computers in 1972 at DGSC Richmond, Virginia. DSA designed SAMMS from 1964 to 1971 to integrate supply chain management, which was a priority effort of Navy Vice Adm. Joseph M. Lyle, director of DSA from 1964 to 1967. DLA photo
Oct. 15, 2021 - This is the second in a “Celebrating 60 years” series of seven articles highlighting DLA’s support to America’s military since the agency was created Oct. 1, 1961.

DLA exceeds small business goal for ninth consecutive year, expands access in underutilized business zones
By Congressional mandate, government contracting agencies must meet annual goals of awarding contracts to small businesses, including HUBZone-certified businesses. This is the first year DLA has exceeded the goal in more than a decade.
Oct. 14, 2021 - DLA small business officials have expanded their reach in a challenging subcategory: historically underutilized business zones. This is the first time in a decade that DLA has exceeded its 3% goal for awarding contracts in the HUBZone program.

Defense Department disability awards ceremony honors DLA, individual achievements
DLA has won for best mid-sized component for the fifth consecutive year based on its consistency in hiring, retaining and advancing individuals with disabilities. The agency was also recognized for ensuring accessible information and communication technology in the workplace.
Oct. 13, 2021 - During the Oct. 7 Secretary of Defense Disability Awards Ceremony, DLA earned best DOD mid-sized component for the fifth consecutive year. The agency was also recognized for ensuring accessible information and communication technology in the workplace, and DLA Aviation general supply specialist Aaron Wessman was honored as an outstanding DOD employee with a disability.

DLA prepares for future needs with Digital-Business Transformation
The Defense Logistics Agency is leveraging emerging technologies in cloud-based computing, customer service and supply chain modernization with its Digital-Business Transformation, or D-BX. With an average system age of 10-15 years, modernization is necessary for streamlining operational management and incorporating new technologies that will advance the nation’s strategic edge.
Oct. 12, 2021 - The Defense Logistics Agency is leveraging emerging technologies in cloud-based computing, customer service and supply chain modernization with its Digital-Business Transformation, or D-BX.

DLA Aviation News

Hard-work pays off: July employees of the month receive recognition for a job well done
Stephen Adams, sustainment specialist in the Planning and Support Division QABEY of the Customer Operations Directorate for Defense Logistics Agency Aviation at Cherry Point, North Carolina, and Latoya Whitehead, contract specialist in the Supplier Operations Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Directorate for DLA Aviation in Richmond, Virginia, were both named DLA Aviation Employee of the Month for July. (Graphic by Natalie Skelton)
Oct. 18, 2021 - Stephen Adams, sustainment specialist in the Planning and Support Division of the Customer Operations Directorate for Defense Logistics Agency Aviation at Cherry Point, North Carolina, and Latoya Whitehead, contract specialist in the Supplier Operations Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Directorate for DLA Aviation in Richmond, Virginia, were both named DLA Aviation Employee of the Month for July.

DLA Distribution News

DLA Distribution’s Schaming retires after nearly 42 years of federal service 
Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Keith D. Reventlow, commander of DLA Distribution, presented Timothy Schaming with the Meritorious Civilian Service Award during a retirement ceremony Oct. 8, honoring Schaming’s nearly 42 years of federal service.
Oct. 18, 2021 - “We have all benefitted from his vast experience and witty sense of humor. His contributions have helped make our office a cohesive and unified team. He always met every challenge and his steadfast devotion aided in our team’s success. Tim’s retirement is our loss, but a well-deserved respite for him,” said Patrick W. Press, chief of the Customer Support Division.

DLA Land and Maritime News

DLA Land and Maritime employees honored for efforts resulting in conviction in long-running fraud case
The Defense Criminal Investigative Service honored several members of the team involved in the arrest and conviction of a New Orleans businessman responsible for a decades-long scheme to provide fraudulent parts to the Department of Defense. Pictured left to right: Internal Revenue Service Agent Della Blunk, Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Southern District of Ohio Jessica Knight, Defense Criminal Investigative Service Resident Agent in Charge and Case Lead Jared Camper and Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Associates Dave Loughman and Carol Matheke. Loughman worked in the Product Verification Program Division and Matheke is an assistant fraud counsel with DLA Land and Maritime's Office of Counsel.
Oct. 18, 2021 - The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General’s Defense Criminal Investigative Service honored two Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime employees recently for their efforts in tracking a decades-long scheme by New Orleans businessman Robert Klein to defraud DOD of millions of dollars. The effort to hold Klein accountable was a partnership between DLA Land and Maritime, DCIS, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, who prosecuted the case.

Logistics In Action

Medical Equipment and Ingenuity Saves Sorties
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Autry and Airman 1st Class Christopher Fougere, both 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit electrical and environmental systems specialists, test oxygen concentration levels for pilot breathing equipment on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 30, 2021. Both Airmen were coined by Col. Jesse Friedel, 35th Fighter Wing commander, for their quick thinking and ability to problem solve in order to ready six jets that were sidelined due to overdue oxygen generating systems inspections.
Oct. 4, 2021 - Logistics In Action: Article originally appeared on the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command website — Fighter aircraft don’t usually need medical assistance, but when they do it requires innovation and teamwork.

DLA Disposition Services News

Logistician saves stranger from Kalamazoo River
DLA Disposition Services employee Ronald Hobbs saved a man from the Kalamazoo River on Oct. 12.
Oct. 15, 2021 - DLA Disposition Services employee Ronald Hobbs rescued a stranger from the Kalamazoo River on Oct. 12.

DLA Energy News

DLA Energy Commander visits Texas aerostat site
Defense Logistics Agency Energy Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Jimmy Canlas and a team from DLA Energy Aerospace visited the Tethered Aerostat Radar System site at El Indio, Texas, Sept. 29. The balloons, technically known as aerostats, are filled with DLA Energy Aerospace helium and are operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They are equipped with an array of high-powered surveillance and communications equipment. Photo courtesy of DLA Energy Aerospace.
Oct. 14, 2021 - Two miles east of the Rio Grande, high above the desolate South Texas chaparral land, tethered surveillance balloons, filled with helium from DLA Energy Aerospace keep watch. Observing the large, low-altitude aircraft, a DLA Energy team visited the Tethered Aerostat Radar System site at El Indio, Texas, Sept. 29. 

DLA Troop Support News

DLA lab tests 3D scanner to inform agency use, improve coordination with partners
Edward Dalton, an engineer with the Defense Logistics Agency Product Test Center Analytical, rotates the 3D image of a spring produced by a new 3D scanner Oct. 14, 2021 in Philadelphia. The scanner is capable of producing 3D images of parts and items and is being tested for use in creating models for 3D printing capability, image cataloging and enhanced communications to vendors and customers to visualize the lab’s test results.
Oct. 14, 2021 - A 3D scanner, delivered to the Defense Logistics Troop Support Product Test Center the week of October 11, is undergoing testing to explore how the technology can improve agency operations. The machine may also help the PTC coordinate with customers, vendors and DLA teammates to better visualize parts and potential defects.

COVID-19

Admiral visits Wright-Patt clinic to thank Airmen
Rear Adm. Kristen Fabry, Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime commander, talks with Air Force Col. Christian Lyons, 88th Medical Group commander, upon her arrival Oct. 1, 2021, at the Medical Center on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Fabry visited the base hospital to thank Lyons and his Airmen for their assistance in getting her command vaccinated against COVID-19 in Columbus. The badge in this photo was blurred for security reasons. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)
Oct. 8, 2021 - Rear Adm. Kristen Fabry visited Wright-Patterson Medical Center on Oct. 1 to thank the 88th Medical Group Airmen who provided active duty and civilians at Defense Supply Center Columbus with the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year.