BATTLE CREEK, Mich. –
Three Defense Logistics Agency employees recently earned Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center Service Awards at the 67th Armed Forces Appreciation Luncheon Nov. 9 near Battle Creek, Michigan.
The annual event is coordinated by the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce and the region’s Military Affairs Committee to honor local military members from all branches of the armed services and select civil servants who directly impact the mission of our nation’s warfighters.
This year’s event took place at the FireKeepers Casino and Events Center and a veteran member of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, the tribe which controls the venue, performed with a ceremonial drum. The Cereal City Concert Band also provided entertainment and the National Anthem. Local officials, military commanders from area reserve and National Guard units, DLA representatives and Department of Veterans Affairs personnel, service organization leaders, and members of the community all attended. Former DLA employee and retired Air Force Col. Frank Walker served as emcee.
“As we are gathered here today, we are filled with gratitude and a deep sense of appreciation for the dedicated service and unwavering commitment of our local military and Department of Defense employees,” Walker said.
This year’s agency awardees, selected from each of the three major DLA activities in Battle Creek, were Peter Gentry, Charles Fulbright, and Don Place.
Gentry is a DLA Disposition Services management and program analyst. Gentry’s citation stated he was an integral member of the rapid deployment team and consistently went above and beyond the call of duty. His management of multiple websites and pages enhanced knowledge dissemination and enhanced customer engagement. Gentry’s dedication and impactful contributions exemplify excellence in supporting the mission and warfighter needs.
Fulbright is a U.S. National Codification Bureau Data Exchange Liaison with DLA Logistics Information Services. He was recognized for his dedication, resilience and tenacity during a recent deployment to Germany in support of the Regional Synchronization Operations Center. Fulbright fully supported his teammates, consolidated critical information, and showed initiative in a dynamic overseas environment.
Don Place serves as DLA Installation Management’s Real Property officer lead. Place’s citation recognized his historical knowledge and career dedication to Real Property programs. He was commended for his leadership, mentorship, and support during times of transition and for providing continuity in accomplishing the mission.
The three DLA award winners were individually presented plaques and congratulated by Army Col. Andre Toussaint, deputy director of DLA Disposition Services.