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. ••