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News | June 11, 2021

Nuclear enterprise, process improvement champion to be inducted into DLA Hall of Fame

By Beth Reece

Editor’s note: This is the second of nine stories featuring 2020 DLA Hall of Fame inductees. A video highlighting inductees’ contributions to the agency will be broadcast on DLA’s Facebook page June 23. 

The Defense Logistics Agency director best known for reaffirming the agency’s commitment to the nuclear enterprise is among nine new inductees into the 2020 DLA Hall of Fame. 

Air Force Lt. Gen. Andy Busch was the agency’s 18th director and only the second one to have served in three different assignments at DLA. He joined the agency in 1995 as chief of weapons system readiness and led a five-person team that measured DLA’s impact on military readiness. 

In June 2007, Busch took command of DLA Aviation, then Defense Supply Center Richmond, which had just been directed to assume responsibility for retail logistics by transferring supply, storage and distribution functions from air logistics centers and navy fleet readiness centers according to 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decisions.

“General Busch played a lead role in implementing the daunting, complex and sometimes controversial BRAC decisions. Under his leadership, logistics functions were transferred flawlessly while providing uninterrupted support to the industrial support activities,” according to his nomination. 

He became the DLA director in 2014 and established the Nuclear Enterprise Support Office, guiding investments in repair parts inventory that led to a 24% increase in nuclear parts orders in the next three years. Busch also improved operational support by making DLA regional commanders the agency’s “single face” to combatant commanders and created an enduring rapid deployment capability to support disaster relief and humanitarian assistance. 

As a champion of Continuous Process Improvement, Busch charged the agency with creating proven, repeatable processes and strategies to maintain cost savings and audit sustainment. His commitment to employee resilience and wellbeing were also evident in the 12-point jump in DLA’s overall score and improvements in 11 of 12 categories in the 2014 DLA Culture and Climate Survey.

“Many of General Busch’s successes at DLA serve as the blueprint for the outstanding support DLA provides to the warfighter today,” according to his award citation. He will be inducted later this year. 

Editor's note: View Busch's segment of the 2020 DLA Hall of Fame ceremony video from June 23: