About Us

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Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) provides programs and services designed to foster readiness and enhance the lives of Warfighters, families, civilians and retirees and other eligible patrons. Our work is vital to DLA, America’s combat logistics support agency that is solution oriented, efficient and resilient. MWR employees strive to deliver the highest quality programs and services that range from Business Operations, Child and Youth Program, Family Advocacy, Recreation Programs, Sports and Fitness activities, and more. Our programs relieve stress, build strength and resilience, and help the DLA workforce stay physically, mentally, and financially fit.

DLA Installation Operations Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Programs is the single point of contact for MWR programs and services at DLA host sites and their tenant organizations.  We ensure policies and standards meet DoD and Agency objectives and provide oversight of enterprise operations.

While we are on a small installation, MWR Susquehanna's core focus is to provide a variety of services and events for eligible patrons who work or live on Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna, PA . Whether you are looking for a place to work out, reservations for a conference or a wedding reception, nationally accredited child care, a round of golf, family support services, or go swimming with friends, we are the place for you and your family.


Service members, civilians, retirees, and family members are entitled to the same quality of life afforded to the society they have pledged to defend. Keeping the military ready to fight and win takes more than hard work and training. Service members need a balance of work and play. Mission and Vision Create, deliver and sustain customer-driven programs and services enhancing the Readiness and Well-Being of our joint community. 

Guiding Principles

  • Family and MWR supports effectiveness and readiness.
  • Family and MWR supports retention and recruitment of quality personnel.
  • Provide leisure time activities, which support a quality of life commensurate with generally accepted American values.
  • The Family and MWR programs are designed to meet the needs of the community. This includes service members, retirees, civilian employees and families.
  • The Family and MWR program is customer driven.
  • Non-appropriated funds are returned to customers through provisions of market-driven programs and capital improvements.
  • Promotes and maintains the mental and physical well-being of authorized personnel.
  • The Family and MWR workforce, our most valuable resource, will be professionally developed, skilled and trained.
  • Family and MWR supports deployment and mobilization.
  • A corporate body guides and oversees Family and MWR programs and funding.
  • Resource allocation must be commensurate with Family and MWR mandates and program sustainment.


  • Provide the leadership to implement the corporate vision, policy and direction for all Family and MWR programs.
  • Deliver innovative programs and service that support well-being, build customer loyalty, and exceed their expectations in quality and value.
  • Recruit, develop and sustain a professional and cohesive workforce.
  • Acquire, maintain and effectively manage Family and MWR resources.
  • Improve internal and external support services and relationships.

Family and MWR operates its programs with the following five areas in mind: 

COMMUNITY:  Plans activities, events and celebrations that bring the military and supporting communities together.

GROWTH:  Family and MWR programs available for personal growth, self-enrichment and learning.

PEACE OF MIND:  Professional resources that promote personal and family stability. 

RENEWAL:  Programs that promote relaxation, spirit and morale. 

SELF-RELIANCE:  Family and MWR helps to teach and encourage self-reliance, from financial counseling resources to preparedness for deployment or reunion.

MWR History

OUR HISTORY started on the battlefields of World War I where, behind the lines, Salvation Army sisters and Red Cross volunteers tended to the needs of Soldiers as the forerunners of today's MWR specialists. Upon the conclusion of the war, funding stopped and morale programs were discontinued. In July of 1940, the Morale Division, later named Special Services, was established within the Adjutant General's Office. In 1962, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the United States Army that provided DLA the ability to follow Army Regulations and provide core recreational programming to their military and civilian counterparts.

Today, MWR is comprised of six organizations across DLA host sites: Susquehanna (New Cumberland), Columbus, Richmond, San Joaquin, Battle Creek and Fort Belvoir.


More than 350 Non-Appropriated (NAF) and Appropriated (APF) professionals provide support programs and services to Defense Logistics Agency’s 25,000 and over workforce consisting of Warfighters, families, DoD civilians, as well as tenant agencies, National Guard and Reserve units worldwide.


MWR programs and services offer Warfighters, families, and DoD civilians opportunities to enhance their lives. Our programs relieve stress, build strength and resilience, and help the DLA workforce stay physically, mentally, and financially fit.

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