Every now and then we get to say goodbye to an extraordinary individual that made a significant contribution to the commissary. The time has come to recognize one of those people. David Dellinger worked with DeCA for the last 50 years as a contractor. Since he was 16 years old, David worked at Carlisle Barracks Commissary bagging groceries for military families and supporting the military community. David says the best thing about working at the commissary is interacting with patrons on a daily basis. Customer service is embedded in our work ethic and Mr. Dellinger epitomizes that work ethic.
The patrons are at the center of everything DeCA and David do at your commissary. Not only did he enjoy helping the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, military community, but he did it for 50 years. When asked what his most memorable experience was as a bagger, he said “being requested to bag for customers that have been shopping at Carlisle Barracks for many years.” Furthermore, David makes a difference in the agency by “being respectful and helpful to every customer I bag groceries for.” Even as a contractor, David is a shining example of putting the customer first. We are truly going to miss him.
Mr. Dellinger is not only an important figure on base. He is well known to the community, as well. The local commissary is planning a celebration next Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 with the Post Commander deeming it important enough to fly a flag in his honor. His sister, retired Logistics Chief Warrant Officer 4 Maxine (Max) Bond, wants to personally express her gratitude for giving him the opportunity to live a productive, meaningful life. Max Bond served 24 years in the U.S. Army herself and the last 22 years supporting the Fort Lee community at both Combined Arms Support Command and Product Lead Logistics Information Systems as a contractor. In writing to us, Bond said “I wanted to ensure DeCA Headquarters was aware of his amazing accomplishment.” After 50 years of service as a bagger, we are certainly proud of her brother and the service he provided to the Carlisle Barracks commissary and patrons of that community. We are sad to see him go but congratulate him on the next chapter of his life.