FORT BELVOIR, Va. –
Editor’s Note: This is one of six stories featuring 2022 DLA Hall of Fame inductees. A ceremony highlighting their contributions to the agency will be held Aug. 17 at the McNamara Headquarters Complex.
A lawyer who represented the Defense Logistics Agency in protests before the Government Accountability Office is a member of the 2022 DLA Hall of Fame.
Benjamin “Gil” Perkins began his 34-year federal career in 1981 as a part-time law clerk in the Office of Council at Defense General Supply Center in Richmond. In 2006, he became the primary acquisition law adviser for DLA Aviation, where he led a staff of 21 attorneys and five legal support representatives. He oversaw legal advice and representation in areas ranging from government contracts and ethics to personnel and environmental law.
The transfer of acquisition functions from the military services to DLA, a change mandated by 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decisions, led to new DLA Aviation satellite sites throughout the country. Perkins ensured seamless legal support for the new mission by doubling his staff and placing attorneys at five additional locations.
He also guided the creation of a case-management database that became the model for the Automated Workflow and Reporting System used by DLA Counsel offices agency-wide.
Improving organizational performance and climate was a theme throughout Perkins’ career.
According to his nomination, he was at the forefront of DLA’s first efforts to enhance the agency’s culture. He helped develop the Executive Leadership Development Program that all DLA supervisors and managers complete as part of their education.
“Throughout Mr. Perkins’ long and exemplary career at DLA Aviation, he has earned the respect and gratitude of DLA employees at all levels of the organization,” according to his nomination. “He is a valuable, trustworthy and dedicated attorney, leader, colleague and civil servant.”