Defense Logistics Agency aids soldiers

Amer­ica’s warfight­ers serving in Afgh­anistan this Thanks­giv­ing en­joyed a taste of home, thanks to the ef­forts of em­ploy­ee at De­fense Lo­gist­ics Agency Troop Sup­port, at 700 Rob­bins Ave.

An­thony Amend­o­lia, the Sub­sist­ence sup­ply chain’s cus­tom­er op­er­a­tions chief for Europe and the Middle East re­gions, ap­plauded the co­oper­a­tion between the agency’s work­force and its in­dustry part­ners to bring a tra­di­tion­al Thanks­giv­ing Day meal to ser­vice mem­bers far from home.

ldquo;The folks here at DLA Troop Sup­port and our sup­port­ing vendors work to­geth­er to­ward a single goal: sup­port our warfight­ers,” said the DLA’s An­thony Amend­o­lia. “We take a great deal of pride in know­ing they’ll get that taste of home while serving away from their fam­il­ies.”

De­liv­er­ies of more than 70,000 pounds of tur­key, 55,000 pounds of beef, 29,000 pounds of sweet pota­toes and 20,000 pies were made across the coun­try and pre­pared at mil­it­ary bases.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Steven Sha­piro, who re­cently re­turned from a de­ploy­ment in Afgh­anistan, stressed the sig­ni­fic­ance of this mis­sion.

ldquo;I’ve been de­ployed for the last two Thanks­giv­ings,” he said. “When you’re away from home, the people around you be­come your fam­ily. Sit­ting for Thanks­giv­ing din­ner is a huge mor­ale boost­er and really gives you a sense of home.”

DLA Troop Sup­port also sup­plies din­ing fa­cil­it­ies across the U.S., the Navy fleet and on oth­er over­seas mil­it­ary in­stall­a­tions. Em­ploy­ees be­gin work­ing with cus­tom­ers in the sum­mer, about six months be­fore the hol­i­days.

DLA Troop Sup­port sup­plies Amer­ica’s armed forces with $13 bil­lion an­nu­ally of food, uni­forms, pro­tect­ive equip­ment, medi­cine and med­ic­al sup­plies, re­pair parts and con­struc­tion and equip­ment.

As a De­part­ment of De­fense com­bat sup­port agency, DLA provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Mar­ine Corps, oth­er fed­er­al agen­cies, and joint and al­lied forces with a vari­ety of lo­gist­ics and ac­quis­i­tion and tech­nic­al ser­vices. ••

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