Former DLA Distribution Commander Announced as Incoming Commander to 8th Theater Sustainment Command

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY DISTRIBUTION PUBLIC AFFAIRS (FEB. 19, 2016)

NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania—Former Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Commander Army Maj. Gen. Susan Davidson has been announced as the incoming commanding general, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

atl-may16-leadership-7Davidson, currently serving as commanding general, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., commanded DLA Distribution from June 2012 to May 2014.

During her tenure at DLA Distribution, the organization greatly contributed to reducing the agency’s storage footprint. Faced with a goal of returning 2.3 million square feet of storage to lower overhead and maintenance costs, DLA Distribution ultimately turned in over 4.1 million square feet of storage space, which included the shift of all operations from its Sharpe, Calif., site to Tracy, Calif.

Additionally, the organization implemented a major initiative that leveraged government transportation to move materiel to customers. This initiative saved money by combining government shipments and avoiding individual shipments from single vendors to each customer.

Under Davidson’s leadership, Distribution provided humanitarian relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Over 6 million commercial meals, 4,000 cases of Meals-Ready-to-Eat, 96 unitized group rations, 150,000 blankets, 5,000 cots, and 24,000 feet of wire, in addition to lighting kits, cables, and flatware were delivered to affected areas of the country within days.

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