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News | Aug. 17, 2022

Logistics operations director focuses on shipyard operations, fuel support during Hampton Roads visit

By Jacob Boyer, DLA Logistics Operations

The Defense Logistics Agency’s director of logistics operations toured DLA defense fuel support points and warehouses Aug. 11-12 during a trip to Hampton Roads, Virginia, to focus on fuel and Navy shipyard operations. 

Navy Rear Adm. Doug Noble, who also is also DLA’s commander of joint regional combat support, said he wanted to better understand supply, storage, and distribution standardization between Navy shipyards and the DLA activities that support them. During his visit he met with key customers including Norfolk Naval Shipyard Commander Navy Capt. Dianna Wolfson and Code 500 Supply Officer Navy Capt. Mark Garrigus for a senior leader roundtable. Code 500 is the Navy’s designation for the supply department at a naval shipyard.

“I truly value the partnership we have with the Navy through both DLA Distribution Portsmouth, Virginia, and DLA Maritime Norfolk,” he said. “As we work with our Navy partners to improve material support in the shipyards, it’s essential to see how things are working at the ground level in order to ensure strong alignment across the team.”

Navy Capt. Justin Lewis, commander of DLA Distribution Norfolk, parent command for DLA Distribution Portsmouth, walked Noble through operations supporting Norfolk Naval Shipyard, the Navy’s oldest and largest industrial facility. 

“DLA has a very unique but critical mission at Norfolk Naval Shipyard,” Lewis said. “In order to achieve ‘One Mission … One Team,’ we collectively embrace the ‘Supply Triad,’ made up of Code 500, DLA Maritime Norfolk and DLA Distribution Portsmouth personnel. Together, we attack maintenance material requirements for some of our nation’s most valuable warfighting assets: nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines.”

Noble also got a look at DLA Energy operations at both Craney Island, the primary DFSP for Naval Station Norfolk where DLA Energy provides about 15 million gallons of jet fuel each year, and Joint Base Langley-Eustis. 

As always, Noble took time to engage with DLA and Navy employees in the area, holding a town hall in which he recognized top DLA performers and a professional development session with Navy Supply Corps officers.

“As important as operations are, they don’t happen without our people, and it’s critical for leaders to invest time in them,” he said. “It was great to see firsthand the outstanding accomplishments of the DLA team in Hampton Roads.”