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News | Nov. 2, 2022

Energy Hall of Fame celebrates three new members

By Irene Smith DLA Energy Public Affairs

A former high school summer intern, airman and a sailor were inducted in the seventh annual Defense Logistics Agency Energy Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the McNamara Headquarters Complex, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Oct. 31.

The DLA Energy Hall of Fame was established in 2016 to honor and preserve the memory of past associates for their exceptional leadership, service, dedication to duty and contributions in supporting the DLA mission.

“It’s important to note that we didn’t select these individuals because of their ranks or positions. They earned this recognition through their efforts, sacrifices, and contributions to our mission,” said DLA Energy Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Jimmy Canlas. “Today’s inductees embody those essential qualities that make Energy special. And we can all truly say that what we do here, in support of the Defense of our Nation, is among the most noble of pursuits.”

The 2022 DLA Energy Hall of Fame inductees honored in the ceremony were:

Barnett began her DLA Energy career as a summer intern in 1980. Recognized early for her intelligence, sound judgement and integrity, Barnett went on to positions of increased responsibility within facilities, contracting, international agreements and as the chief for the Ocean Tanker Branch and Distribution Division. Barnett’s career culminated in her role as the DLA Energy Customer Operations deputy director supplying contracting expertise and experience and long-term continuity to the division employing more than 100 civilian and military personnel and supporting the Department of Defense and federal agency customers who generated roughly 100 million barrels in sales of bulk petroleum products valued at $14 billion in fiscal year 2015.

For 50 years Dupoise was a mainstay in the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force and DLA fuels community and is regarded as a consummate professional in every aspect of his duties. Dupoise joined the Air Force in 1960 and for the next 25 years excelled. Reaching the highest enlisted Air Force rank, chief master sergeant, he served as an Air Force fuels functional manager establishing professional development programs that have endured for over 25 years and continue to shape future and current Air Force senior leaders. Honored by President Ronald Reagan as one of “12 Outstanding Airman,” Dupoise took his knowledge and significant fuel experience and joined DLA Energy in 1987. For 24 years, he served as a logistics management specialist traveling to multiple world theaters in response to exercises, contingency operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. 

Straub-Jones spent 21 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a senior chief petty officer, before beginning her government civilian career as a GS-5 administrative assistant with what was formerly called the Defense Energy Support Center London in 1996. She later transitioned to the Bulk Inventory and Management Division at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where she was responsible for fuel inventory and developed requirements for multiple bulk petroleum products with an annual procurement value of over $7 billion. Straub-Jones quickly mastered this program and moved on to become a contract specialist. She finished her 18-year career as a GS-14, chief of the Acquisition Workforce Development and Intern Center. Straub-Jones led the effort to develop and deploy interns worldwide bringing numerous employees into multiple job classifications. This effort helped build a pipeline of top-notch talent across all of DLA Energy in the contracting, quality, and life cycle logistics career fields. 

“We all owe our success to the actions of remarkable individuals like Linda, Paul, and Kate,” Canlas said. “The DLA Energy Hall of Fame is a special honor for those who’ve had a monumental impact on the organization, and I am excited to celebrate these three 2022 Hall of Fame inductees.” 

Nominees for the 2023 DLA Energy Hall of Fame will be collected in early 2023 and the next induction ceremony is being planned for October 2023.