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Defense Logistics Agency Gets New General, An Afghan War Vet

By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia-based Defense Logistics Agency today welcomed a new commander.

Brig. Gen. Steven Shapiro takes command of the agency that’s responsible for supplying America’s armed forces with food, uniforms, protective equipment, construction material, medical equipment and supplies, pharmaceuticals, and repair parts, all to the tune of $14 billion annually.

The organization also provides humanitarian assistance from time to time, most recently following Hurricane Sandy, distributing water, meals, and generators in the hardest-hit regions.

“I’m just thrilled to be a member of this team, part of your team,” Shapiro said today, “and I look forward to coming on board and grabbing hold and just running with the rest of you.”

Shapiro recently finished up a yearlong tour in Afghanistan.

He says this stop in Philadelphia is his fifteenth in his 28-year military career.

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