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News | Jan. 23, 2017

Bagwell becomes newest DLA Distribution Joint Team Lead

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs DLA Distribution Public Affairs

United States Navy Capt. Pele Bagwell assumed the position of DLA Distribution Joint Team Lead in a Jan. 7 ceremony officiated by DLA Joint Reserve Force director Navy Rear Adm. Deborah Haven. 

Bagwell, who took the reins from previous Joint Team Lead Navy Capt. Jackie McClelland, was born in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; a Master of Business Administration from Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.; and a Master of Professional Accountancy from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga.  He has completed the University of Darden Business School Advanced Management Program and is currently enrolled in the Rollins College Executive Doctorate in Business Administration program.

Bagwell was commissioned in the United States Navy as an Ensign in August 1991 as part of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at the University of Florida.  He completed the Basic Qualification Course at the U.S. Naval Supply Corps School, Athens, Ga., in January 1994. 

He then attended the Naval Submarine School in Groton, Ct., prior to reporting to USS BIRMINGHAM (SSN-695) in Pearl Harbor as the supply officer from 1994 to 1997.  He completed a shore tour from 1997 to 1999 with the SEAWOLF Submarine Program Office in Crystal City, Va., where he was enrolled in the Business/Financial Management internship program.  From 1999 to 2001, he was assigned to USS FRANK CABLE (AS-40) in Apra Harbor, Guam, as the submarine assistant officer and supply operations officer.

In 2002, Bagwell joined the Naval Reserves as the assistant logistics chief of staff for COMSIXTHFLT Det 802 in Marietta, Ga.  He reported to Navy Cargo Handling Battalion Twelve (NCHB-12) in 2005, where he held positions as company officer-in-charge, operations officer, and executive officer.  In 2006, he deployed with NCHB-12 to Kuwait as part of NAVELSG FWD Port Group Delta.  In 2008, he was assigned as the commanding officer for Fleet Logistics Support Center Sigonella Detachment Alpha in Tampa, Fla.

From 2011 to 2013, Bagwell deployed as a Joint Contingency Contracting Officer with CENTCOM-Joint Theater Support Contracting Command in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Doha, Qatar.

His personal decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (five awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (five awards).  He is qualified to wear the Navy Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer pin as well as the Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer (SWSCO) and Submarine Supply Corps Officer pin.