July 5, 2017 —
Defense Logistics Agency Joint Reserve Force Deputy Director Robert McCullough retired June 30 after 19 years of dedicated service to the organization.
“Bob has been a consummate mentor for juniors and seniors and he works to make everyone successful regardless of rank,” said Rear Adm. Deborah Haven, DLA JRF Director. “He will be missed but I would say his leadership will continue through the many he trained.”
McCullough started drilling as a Navy reservist with DLA in 1998, started working as a civilian in 2002 and has been the Deputy Director of the Joint Reserve Force since 2012.
“As a reservist for DLA, I have served with Disposition Services, DLA Distribution, Energy, Troop Support and J9 Headquarters,” said McCullough. “As a civilian employee I have worked for Disposition Services in Wiesbaden Germany, Headquarters J-3 and as the Contingency Operations Director for Disposition Services.”
While with the organization, he has deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Croatia. He also supported missions in Romania, Hungary, Djibouti, Oman, Qatar, Panama and Japan.
“I think it is safe to say that I've experienced most of what DLA does to support the Warfighter,” McCullough added. “There are many individual events that stand out but the thing that stands out most is the dedication, hard work and sacrifice DLA personnel are willing to go through to accomplish the mission.”
When asked about the future of the organization he said, “The future is bright with unlimited potential. I’ll be watching from the sidelines with great anticipation to see the accomplishments of our reservists and DLA.
During the Combined Drill Weekend over the June Battle Assembly Reserve Force leaders paused to pay tribute to McCullough.
“He has been an unbelievable asset because he knows the history and is willing to be innovative,” said Haven. “DLA and the JRF have benefited from his ability to see through the barriers for actionable solutions.”
McCullough retired from the Navy Reserve in 2015 as a Master Chief Petty Officer.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed coming to work each day and watching this group of professionals work together and solve every problem and issue that comes up,” said McCullough, “It's been a privilege and an honor to serve with them.”
He and his wife plan to travel, go on some cruises, put lots of miles on their motorhome and participate in humanitarian missions throughout the world.