Cross Earns Hall Honor

PHILADELPHIA – The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia rolled out the red carpet and DSCP employees packed the building six auditorium to witness the organization’s 16th annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott D. Chambers, DSCP’s commander, inducted four people into the 2009 Hall of Fame. DSCP’s former commander, Brig. Gen. Jesse R. Cross, Steven R. Bernett, Sarah DiDonato and William DiLauro are the newest inductees.

The Center’s Hall of Fame began 16 years ago and was created to recognize former employees and leaders for their exceptional leadership, dedication and long-term contributions to the organization.

After welcoming the inductees, their guests, Family members and the entire audience, Chambers said the Hall of Fame is not about the organization or the mission … it is about people.

“It’s about honoring our very best men and women who have come through this organization and left their footprint by making significant contributions to the achievement of Troop Support,” he said.

Chambers said they were here to recognize the inductees’ leadership roles, their commitment and their passion and enthusiasm for the jobs they did here. “You demonstrated your leadership, showed your commitment and shared your passion,” Chambers told them.

Chambers closed by telling the inductees that their actions served, and continue to serve, as inspiration “to all of us that we can continue to make it better, become more efficient and serve our customers.”

The induction ceremony followed, with the inductees taking a few minutes after their formal induction citations were read and plaques unveiled to say a few words to the audience.

Cross thanked everyone in attendance and said he was truly honored and blessed. He told the DSCP employees that they are the blood that sustains the military operations in theatre.

“I will always sing your praises,” he said. “The Soldiers and war-fighters appreciate everything you all do every day.”

Bernett opened by telling Cross, “You always were a hard act to follow.”

Bernett said he was honored to be there and to share the stage with the other inductees and shared that when he was the deputy commander at DSCP he used to walk down the hall looking at the Hall of Fame plaques and thinking ‘I wish I could be there one day.’

“The legacy those people left behind makes this the best organization ever … now I am one of them and proud of it,” Bernett said. “I am proud of what we all accomplished and while I was here I learned how dedicated and passionate you are and that passion shows through.”

DiDonato followed by saying what a wonderful day this was and thanked her mother for telling her (when she was 17 years old) ‘you’ll never regret taking a government job.’ 

“She was right,” DiDonato said.

In terms of her Hall of Fame induction, DiDonato said “You don’t get to this point without the support of your co-workers … and I had that.”

She told the audience that not a day goes by that she does not think of her co-workers.

“There wasn’t a single thing I did without the support of (co-workers),” she said.

The final inductee told the audience he never expected to be up there receiving that award. “I used to believe old contracting officers never died, they just faded away,” DiLauro said. “Boy, was I wrong.”

He said one of the best things that happened to him while working here was learning to cooperate with all of the other offices and understanding that it takes the entire team to get the job done. “The people are what make this a successful center,” he said.

Chambers extended his thanks to everyone for participating in the special day.

“Everyone in this room has the ability and opportunity to affect the value of this organization and make it better,” he said.

Diana Stewart, DSCP public affairs officer, served as the mistress of ceremonies. Beatrice Ross offered the invocation and LaTosha Wray performed the musical selections.