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News | Oct. 14, 2022

Hock promoted to assistant chief at DSCR

By Natalie Skelton, DLA Aviation Public Affairs

Firefighters and staff of Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management Richmond’s Fire and Emergency Services gathered to congratulate William Hock on his promotion to assistant chief of Training and Fire Prevention Oct. 11. Hock was joined at the fire station on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, by his wife Sara, father Robert, and children, Nathen, Nicholas, and Emilee who pinned his new rank during the ceremony.

As assistant chief, Hock said he will be interacting with the workforce on DSCR through the Fire Warden program and annual fire prevention events.

"These are excellent ways to showcase the great work the DLA Richmond Fire Department does," Hock said. "With the department always in a continuous process improvement state, it will not be hard for the fire prevention team to find new ways to promote fire safety for the workplace and the home to our customers."

Hock’s fire service career with DLA began in 2005 as a training officer. He is also the fire department’s accreditation manager and safety officer. Among his many accomplishments, Hock has been nominated for fire officer of the quarter, won DLA Fire Officer of the Year 2020, and DLA Richmond Fire Officer of the Year three years in a row; 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Fire Chief Don Rodgers said Hock's role as accreditation manager has been a boon to the department.

"He has a wide range of knowledge in all aspects of our operations, and the mission and demographics of the installation," he said.

"All this makes him well suited to lead our Fire Prevention and Training team, making sure we are trained to respond and that our customers and stakeholders have a safe environment to support the warfighter in."  Rodgers said.

Assistant Chief Hock will replace current Assistant Chief Rick Ferrell, who is set to retire January 2023.