Former employees selected for 2017 DLA Energy Hall of Fame

By Stephanie Buggs, DLA Energy Student Trainee

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Four former Defense Logistics Agency Energy employees are selected to be inducted into the Energy Hall of Fame at the McNamara Headquarters Complex, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Sept. 28.

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

“Induction into the DLA Energy Hall of Fame acknowledges the vital role of DLA Energy employees in the current and long-term success of DLA Energy,” said DLA Energy Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Martin Chapin in an email to the workforce.  “The Hall of Fame honors and preserves the performance of past employees for their exceptional service, dedication, and contributions in support of the DLA Energy mission.  Current and new generations of employees should look upon the inductees as role models and inspiration for the traits and ideals they possessed and motivate them to continue their stellar support to the warfighter.”

The 2017 DLA Energy Hall of Fame inductees are:

• Sharon Murphy: former director at the Aerospace Directorate in San Antonio, Texas from 1985 to October 2013.
• Calvin Martin: former Environmental Control Officer for the Defense Fuel Supply Center in Alexandria, Virginia, former Quality Assurance and Technical Operations Director and former Deputy Director for the Business Integration Center from August 1973 to July 1996.
• Navy Capt. Michael D. Hooth: former Director of Facilities Management and Supply Operations, Commander of the Naval Petroleum Office, President/Chief Operating Officer of Petroleum Management Consultants Incorporated from August 1990 to May 1993.

One inductee will be honored with a posthumous induction.
• Army Col. Gary W. Bradley: former Commander of the Defense Energy Support Center- Europe/Africa throughout 1977 to 1998.

The first inductee, Murphy, was instrumental in expanding DLA Energy’s mission to include non-petroleum energy programs and initiatives. She successfully influenced major changes within DLA Energy contracting practices to move from a military spec type commodity for fuels towards a more commercial business practice, implementing all stream-lined methods in contracting.

The next inductee, Martin, had managed the development, integration and implementation of programs and policies for the Business Integration Center’s various commodity business units of Bulk Fuels, Facilities Management, Alternative Fuels, Direct Delivery and the Defense Fuels Regions. Those programs and policies involved the areas of product Quality, technical operations, acquisition policy, training, material management and market research.

Hooth, the third inductee, was recognized for expanding the Maintenance, Repair, and Environmental program which was the precursor of today’s Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization program. The expansion not only added maintenance funding responsibility for over 300 additional service operated DFSPs to DFCS’s portfolio; but also expanded MRE’s budget from $100 million to $600 million.

The final inductee, Bradley, displayed his extensive petroleum and leadership skills while serving as Principle Staff Officer responsible for the Management, Operation and Maintenance for the Central Europe Pipeline System– one of the largest and most complex pipeline systems in the world. The assignment consisted of Bradley being responsible for enhancing CEPS modernization, improving readiness and increasing sustainment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s  Central Europe Area of Responsibility  with DLA-owned fuel while focusing on multinational logistics.