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News | June 11, 2021

DLA Distribution Norfolk, Virginia command changes hands in traditional ceremony

By Matthew Mahoney, DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Norfolk, Virginia, a key strategic logistics hub co-located with the largest U.S. Naval shipyard, changed command from Navy Capt. Thomas Neville III to Navy Capt. Andrew J. Lewis June 11.

DLA Distribution Commander, Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Keith D. Reventlow, presided over the ceremony. “Capt. Neville oversaw 15 major facilities in three states that employ over 700 civilian and contract employees,” Reventlow said. “During his tenure, despite a 45% increase in workload through the materiel processing center, processing time decreased by over 60%, resulting in enhanced readiness to the fleet.”

In support of Covid-19, the medical mission team at DDNV pushed out supplies to all Navy afloat medical departments and six overseas naval hospitals. In the early stages of the pandemic, Neville led his team to outfit the USNS Comfort with only five days’ notice, transforming the hospital ship from a 250 bed to 1,000 bed operation in support of the ship’s deployment to New York.

In the height of the pandemic, DDNV became the test kit, meals ready to eat and personal protective equipment distribution hub for the entire fleet and delivered over 4,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine to service members stationed overseas.

Incoming commander, Capt. Lewis is a native of Snellville, Georgia, and a 1998 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington in 2008.

He most recently served as executive officer to the 19th and 20th Director of the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He was previously assigned to the F-35 Lightning II Integration Office within DLA Headquarters.

His afloat assignments include supply officer, USS Carl Vinson, stock control and material division officer, USS John C. Stennis, first permanent crew supply officer, USS Ardent, homeported in Manama, Bahrain and supply officer, MCM Rotational Crew Charlie assigned to USS Pioneer. He qualified officer of the deck during this tour.

His additional shore assignments include deputy force supply officer and director, Afloat Supply Policy, Training, and Inspections, Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego, California; supply officer, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington; assistant to the director, Supply Corps Detailing and career counselor, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee; director, E-2 Hawkeye/C-2 Greyhound Integrated Weapons Support Team and director, Customer Operations, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Basic Qualification Course instructor and training officer, U.S. Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia.