DLA director retires after 38-year Air Force career

By DLA Public Affairs

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Defense Logistics Agency Director Lt. Gen. Andy Busch marked the end of his 38-year Air Force career May 4 with a retirement ceremony at DLA Headquarters, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Busch began serving as director of the agency Dec. 29, 2014.

During his May 3 retirement luncheon, Busch received congratulations and well wishes from family, friends and colleagues. “Serving as director of DLA has been the highlight of my career,” Busch said.

Busch earned his commission in 1979 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He began his Air Force career as an aircraft maintenance officer, serving in a variety of sortie production roles and commanding three maintenance squadrons and a maintenance wing.

As a lieutenant colonel, Busch pivoted toward logistics with the first of three assignments at DLA. For three years starting in 1995, he served as chief of Weapons Systems Readiness Teams and executive officer of materiel management at DLA Headquarters.

Busch’s second assignment with the agency came in 2007 when, as a brigadier general, he served two years as commander of DLA Aviation in Richmond, Virginia. DLA Aviation is a DLA primary-level field activity and supplies repair parts and operating supply items for the nation’s military aircraft.

As DLA director, Busch will be remembered for strengthening ties to warfighters and other important customers. He committed the agency to improving critical relationships with combatant commanders, warfighter commanders, government agency senior leaders, industry partners, coalition partners and other stakeholders.

He made support to the nuclear enterprise a top priority, standing up the Nuclear Enterprise Support Office to improve and synchronize support to an area of the military he considered underserved.

Busch initiated enhancements to DLA’s expeditionary capability by creating Global Response Force Rapid Deployment Teams, one of which deployed to Haiti, delivering disaster relief with great success in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

He also promoted workforce resiliency through a vigorous awareness campaign and established the agency’s first Sexual Assault Prevention and Reporting program. 

Speaking to Busch at his retirement luncheon, DLA Vice Director Ted Case said, “I feel safe in saying that DLA is in better shape now than when you arrived. You maintained the advancements of your predecessors while initiating improvements of your own. Your legacy will be one of solid vision and leadership, which will only grow over time.”

Busch is DLA’s 18th director and the fifth to come from the ranks of the U.S. Air Force.