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News | May 9, 2016

Former Distribution planning officer selected for promotion to Captain

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Navy Cmdr. Eugene Cash, former planning officer in DLA Distribution headquarters office of strategic plans, has been selected for the rank of captain.

Cash served as planning officer from June 2010 to July 2013. One of his major initiatives during this time was the development and institutionalization of DLA’s Integrated Distribution Strategy for Outside the Continental United States distribution support.  Under IDS, he worked to develop solutions and to produce a level of optimization that would improve visibility, reduce transit time, and ultimately result in higher readiness. 

Numerous initiatives under the IDS umbrella produced significant benefits.  An example of one such success is DLA Distribution Europe’s support to Afghanistan customer requirements, which resulted in an improvement in logistics response time from approximately 32 days to 13 days.  Additionally, the movement of CENTCOM support from Kuwait to Bahrain saved more than $50 million in infrastructure costs, and allowed DLA Distribution to support an increased number of 5th Fleet units and forward stocking requirements.

In late 2012, Cash was requested to serve within DLA Distribution’s Operations directorate as executive officer.  In his new capacity, he led the execution of worldwide distribution support with 26 distribution centers, improving key performance indicators from 91 to 94 percent green metrics, and assisting in the achievement of an approximately $14.5 million savings through October 2012 via improved container utilization strategies.  Future savings are projected at approximately $80 million.

Cash, a native of San Jose, Calif., received his commission through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Arizona in May 1994 when he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Additionally he completed training at the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga.

A qualified Supply Surface Warfare Officer, Cash is also a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps. He earned his Acquisition Professional Community Level 2 certification in Program Management and Information Technology. He has completed the Joint Professional Military Education Level 1 from the Navy War College.

His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal, as well as various expeditionary, campaign, unit medals and citations.