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Susquehanna commander recognized for achievements over last 36 months

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Set to relinquish command Tuesday, Aug. 27, Army Col. David G. Touzinsky has amassed a multitude of achievements as commander of Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Susquehanna, Pa., and garrison commander of Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna, from September 2010 to August 2013.

While managing the Department of Defense's largest distribution center, consisting of approximately 10 million square feet with more than 950,000 different stocked items, Touzinsky oversaw the fulfillment of over more than 15 million materiel orders, for customers ranging from deployed Warfighters engaged in conflict, to those stationed in the U.S. and abroad, to other government agencies supporting domestic and foreign emergencies.

Under his leadership, the distribution center was a key player in providing logistics support for the expansion and improvement of forward operating bases in Afghanistan. Over the last three years, the organization's Consolidation and Containerization Point provided more than 41,000 National Stock Numbers delivered via approximately 6,500 air pallets.

While supporting the mission, he successfully led his team through multiple emergency support requirements and deployments. During the 2011 earthquake and tsunami crisis in Japan, DLA Distribution Susquehanna, Pa., provided rapid distribution support of emergency supplies to the victims including shelters, medical supplies and clothing. In November 2012, the distribution center shipped over 5,000 cots, 10,000 blankets, and numerous other commodities to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. During the Sandy crisis, orders called in to the distribution center's Emergency Operations Center were processed within minutes for shipment and critical materiel was transported to the adjacent commercial airfield for hand-off to military helicopters which delivered the parts within hours to the affected areas.

Throughout his tour, Touzinsky also championed the DLA Director's strategy to save $14 billion over six years with a multitude of initiatives resulting in a savings of millions of dollars. In one example, he maximized container utilization through the implementation of procedural changes mandating how the organization stuffed containers, providing an immediate effect. Over the course of five months, utilization rates improved from approximately 68 percent to over 85 percent, resulting in an annual savings of more than $7 million in over-ocean transportation costs.

He also led a robust Foreign Military Sales operation, consisting of approximately 20,000 orders per month, and routinely coordinated with the United States Army Security Assistance Command as well as the Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan to ensure premium support was provided.

As a result of the FMS program, tens of thousands of items including uniforms, medical supplies, end items and numerous repair parts were successfully shipped to Afghanistan via air and surface to the Afghan National Army and Police.

Additionally, during his 36 months in command, Touzinsky managed approximately 60 warehouses. To manage repair and maintenance costs, he implemented a warehouse optimization plan with the goal of reducing the warehouse footprint to the minimal requirements. At DLA Distribution Susquehanna's site in Mechanicsburg, Pa., more than 28,000 NSNs were relocated, vacating nine warehouses and saving nearly $2 million in utility, repair and maintenance costs.

As the Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna, installation commander, Touzinsky ensured that emergency service providers, including fire, medical and police, were trained and capable of negotiating a myriad of emergency situations. Under his leadership and through effective analysis and assessment, the installation prepared for terrorist activity, active shooters, bomb threats and weather-related disasters.

Coordination with the South Central Pennsylvania Task Force which included local, state and federal agencies was solidified during multiple exercises held on the installation. One major exercise included over 150 personnel from four local townships, three local cities, two military installations, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. These interdepartmental and interagency exercises synchronized the support the agencies would be required to provide during crisis situations.

"Dave's contributions to DLA, DLA Distribution and the Nation have been substantial and enduring. He is a leader with exceptional strategic vision who implemented indelible initiatives, improving the full spectrum of distribution operations," said DLA Distribution commander Army Brig. Gen. Susan Davidson.

Army Col. David G. Touzinsky has amassed a multitude of achievements as commander of Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Susquehanna, Pa., and garrison commander of Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna, from September 2010 to August 2013. Army Col. David G. Touzinsky has amassed a multitude of achievements as commander of Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Susquehanna, Pa., and garrison commander of Defense Distribution Center, Susquehanna, from September 2010 to August 2013.

 
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