Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw, USN
6 July 1992 - 25 October 1996
Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw became the 11th director of the Defense Logistics Agency on July 6, 1992.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is responsible for providing the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps with a variety of logistics, acquisition, and technical services. These services include inventory management, procurement, warehousing and distribution of multi-billion dollar inventories of spare parts, food, clothing, medical supplies, and fuel; administration of all military service weapon systems acquisition contracts, and reutilization of surplus military material. This worldwide mission is performed by more than 60,000 civilian and military personnel.
Admiral Straw is from Marysville, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from Susquenita High School. He received his bachelor's degree from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an ensign in 1961. Admiral Straw received his master's degree in business administration from George Washington University, and is also a graduate of the National War College.
Admiral Straw acquired extensive logistics management experience through a wide variety of afloat and shore based assignments. These assignments provided him with expertise in corporate financial management, integrated logistics support, inventory control point management, acquisition management, material distribution, joint operational logistics and support of forward deployed units. His assignments included the Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia; the Aviation Supply Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Naval Supply Depot, Subic Bay, Phillippines; and the Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas. He served aboard the USS FORRESTAL and he was the supply officer of USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER on her first overseas deployment. His numerous assignments in Washington, D.C., have included the Navy Material Command and the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Logistics. In his first flag-officer assignment he was Director, Supply Policy and Programs -- responsible for policy, resource programming and operational oversight of spare parts, ammunition, fuel, transportation, and supply operations. On July 8, 1991, he became the Vice Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command.
His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars, Navy Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, and the Naval Aviation Supply Officer Wings. He is a member of the Society of Logistics Engineers and the Board of Directors, Navy Federal Credit Union. In addition, he is an active member of the National Eagle Scout Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 882, and Perry Masonic Lodge 458. He is an avid largemouth bass fisherman.