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Air Force Major Gears Up For Another Season in Women’s Football League

April 7, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Air Force major Suzy Keller is a football fan, and doesn’t just attend the games — she participates in them.

Keller, a supply planner supervisor in Land Supplier Operations at Defense Supply Center Columbus, Ohio, is gearing up for another season with the Columbus Comets, a member of the Women’s Football Alliance.

Defense Supply Center Columbus is the land and maritime supply chain manager for the Defense Logistics Agency. DSCC manages more than 2 million different items and accounts for more than $3 billion in annual sales.

Keller played linebacker for the team last year until she was sidelined by a broken ankle suffered during the fourth game of the season. She’ll play as a defensive end this season.

A newspaper ad drew her interest in the team. A mother of three, Keller fits time into her busy schedule to practice and prepare for the upcoming season.

“It’s a large commitment in terms of time,” she said. “There’s a lot to study and learn in the game of football.”

She points out that for men who grew up playing football, the techniques of the game probably seem like second nature. However, even for women who grew up playing sports, football wasn’t an option so they’re all learning as adults how to play the game.

“It’s exhilarating and exciting to be given the chance to play,” she said. “Most people are surprised to find out that there is a women’s tackle football league.”

Columbus has had a women’s team since 2003, and it has enjoyed winning seasons each year. Last year’s team finished 7-3 and lost in the playoff semifinals, but in 2007 the Comets went all the way to the National Women’s Football Association championship game. Losing to the Pittsburgh Passion, the Comets were 9-3 on the year.

An April 18 home game with the Pittsburgh Force will open the 2009 season.

As a combat logistics organization, DLA is responsible for providing Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and joint and allied forces with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. These services include procuring and distributing more than five million consumable items, such as rations, medical supplies and equipment, clothing and textiles, repair parts for land, sea and air weapons systems and platforms, fuel and energy services. Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., DLA employs 23,000 civilian and military employees, with Fiscal Year 2008 business revenues of $42 billion.

For more information about DLA, go to www.dla.mil.

SOURCE Defense Logistics Agency


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