Defense Logistics Agency Recruits Military Reservists
By Kristin Guss
Special to American Forces Press Service
FORT BELVOIR, Va., Feb. 10, 2004 Opportunities exist at the Defense Logistics Agency for reserve military officers, and officials used last month's Reserve Officers Association conference in Washington, D.C., to spread the word.
"We're always looking for good people," said Celia Adolphi, deputy director of the agency's joint reserve force directorate. "We wanted to use the ROA conference to do that."
Army Reserve Brig. Gen. John Levasseur, DLA's deputy director of reserve operations, underscored the importance of recruiting talented reservists for DLA, and suggested the ROA conference as a potential recruiting venue. "We are telling reservists that there are DLA opportunities in their geographical areas," he said.
DLA has about 600 spaces for reservists within its headquarters here and at its field activities. Levasseur stressed the necessity of an ongoing commitment to recruiting reservists for DLA.
"In the case of active duty military staff members, the commander fills the vacancies," he said. "With reservists, it's different. We must recruit our own people. We need to recruit reservists as a matter of standard procedure.
"Seventy-five percent of reservists come to a unit because someone told them about a vacancy. They come as a result of personal recommendations," Levasseur continued. "We must make every effort to let reservists know that we need people from all the military services, and that DLA has a lot to offer them."
Army Reserve Lt. Col. Daniel Thomas, who works with the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, said he is satisfied with his position.
"When I came to work at DLA, I didn't really know what the agency did. But now I've been with DSCP since 1999, and I'm very happy," he said. "I know that DLA will continue to keep up the good work in supporting the warfighter."
Interested reservists can call (866) 204-4850 toll-free or check the DLA Web site for openings.
The agency provides supply support and technical and logistics services to the military services and several civilian federal agencies. DLA is the one source for nearly every consumable item, whether for combat readiness, emergency preparedness or day-to-day operations, officials said.
(Kristin Guss is assigned to DLA public affairs.)