Charlie Lilli

DLA Aviation Deputy Commander

Charlie Lilli is the Deputy Commander of DLA Aviation, a major subordinate command of the Defense Logistics Agency. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, and operating at 19 other sites across the United States, DLA Aviation is the aviation demand and supply chain manager for Defense Logistics Agency with more than 4,000 civilian and military personnel. 

DLA Aviation supports 1,879 weapons systems and is the U.S. military’s integrated material manager for more than 1.7 million national stock number items, industrial retail supply and depot-level reparable acquisitions. Mr. Lilli, along with the DLA Aviation Commander, oversees an aviation demand chain responsible for more than $5 billion in annual sales.

Positioned alongside its military customers, DLA Aviation manages industrial support activities at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, Hill AFB, Utah, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Naval Air Station North Island, California, and NAS Jacksonville, Florida.

DLA Aviation also manages depot-level reparable procurement operations at Robins, Tinker and Hill Air Force Bases; Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia; and at Redstone Army Arsenal, Alabama. DLA Aviation also operates an industrial plant equipment maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Lilli was the Director of Sustainment and Supply Chain Integration for Lockheed Martin.  

Mr. Lilli served 28 years on active duty in the United States Navy, as a member of the Supply Corps, retiring at the rank of rear admiral.  In his last active-duty assignment Mr. Lilli was assigned as Director of Supply, Ordnance and Logistics Operations in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations.

Other assignments included duty as Director of Logistics and Engineering, Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Commander, Defense Supply Center Columbus, Ohio; and Director, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Sustainment Program, Fort Worth, Texas.

Mr. Lilli also served on four ships during his naval career: the USS California (CGN 36), USS Kidd (DDG 993), USS Supply (AOE 6) and USS Essex (LHD 2).
A native of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, he received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1980 and a master’s degree in inventory management from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in 1992.