BG Tucker tours DLA, gets overview of supplies processing for Afghan security
December 16, 2010
SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. -- Army Brig. Gen. Christopher Tucker, commander, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, visited the DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa. Unit Materiel Fielding Point consolidation operations on December 9, 2010. The visit was arranged through the USASAC office located on the New Cumberland defense installation.
USASAC implements security assistance programs, including Foreign Military Sales of defense articles and services to eligible foreign governments. They provide new products and support materiel to foreign governments as well as U.S. Army units by requisitioning material to be shipped to a DLA distribution UMFP for consolidation into unit level packages, which are then shipped to a staging site or receiving unit. DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa. manages one of DLA's UMFP operations.
While at the operation, Tucker met with manager distribution facility specialist Steven "Dusty" Howe, for a tour to see the quality of operation first-hand and discuss the current shipments of materiel as well as the anticipated surge to outfit the Afghan national police and security forces.
The commodities, shipped by air or sea, include computers, boots, and radios, along with general repair parts that are picked and packed from DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa. inventory.
"Our employees take pride in their effort to support the Army's security assistance mission," said DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa. commander Army Col. David Touzinsky. Howe and the dedicated team who process these shipments were presented with a USASAC commander coin during the visit in appreciation for their support to their customer, the U.S. Army.
This is but one example of the type of material the UMFP at Susquehanna, Pa. processes for the Army Foreign Military Sales. In fiscal year 2010, the operation built more than 894 Army air line of communication air pallets and filled over 434 surface sea containers for the Afghanistan security forces.
Items that are packed in customized part kits and humanitarian aid supplies are also received, stored and processed for shipping through the operation.