Chief of Staff
Retired United States Army Col. Perry L. Knight became Chief of Staff, DLA Distribution in July 2009.
A native of Buena Vista, Va., he was commissioned a second
lieutenant in the Transportation Corps upon graduation from the Virginia
Military Institute in 1982. He holds a bachelor's degree in English with a
minor in economics. He also holds a master's degree in strategic studies from
the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.
Knight's assignments include the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
Logistics Directorate, the Pentagon; Director, Logistics Operations, U.S.
Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Ga.; Commander, 53rd Transportation Battalion,
also located at Fort McPherson, Ga.; and Brigade Operations Officer, 598th
Transportation Group, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Additionally, he served in numerous positions in the First
Infantry Division including division logistics officer; executive officer of
the 541st Combat Support Battalion; division transportation officer; support
operations officer; and operations officer for the 166th Aviation Brigade, all
located at Fort Riley, Kan.
Knight also served on the Department of the Army Staff,
Logistics, and as the aide-de-camp to the commander, Military Traffic
Management Command, and held several positions in the Netherlands and Germany
as a platoon leader, executive officer, and commander. Knight served as DLA
Distribution's chief of staff beginning in July 2006, until he assumed his
His military training includes the Transportation Officer
Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College,
and the U.S. Army War College.
His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service
Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious
Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the
Joint Service Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service
Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters,
and the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
His other decorations include the Southwest Asia Service
Medal, the Kuwaiti (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) Liberation Medal, the Armed Forces
Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Support Medal, the Joint Meritorious
Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Meritorious Unit Award, the
Army Superior Unit Award, and the National Defense Service Medal.
He is also authorized to wear the Joint Chiefs of Staff and
Department of the Army Identification Badges.