DLA assistant fire chief retires

By Ellen Vaught DLA Aviation Public Affairs

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Robert Cross, assistant fire chief, Security and Emergency Services, Defense Logistics Agency Installation Operations Richmond, retired after 32 years of federal government service and was honored in a ceremony on Feb. 28 at the fire station on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia.  With his wife, Leslie, at his side, he was commended for his hard work, determination and knowledge. 

“Assistant Chief Cross has had a significant impact on our department and the DLA Richmond community. He has earned the respect of so many people he has come in contact with. He is a well-respected leader within the DLA fire service community,” said Donald Rogers, fire chief of the base.

Cross’ colleagues presented him with a plaque, framed memorabilia, a gift and a U.S. flag that was flown over DSCR.

Cross was previously recognized as Fire Officer of the Quarter and in May of 2016, he received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence from then Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter.

He began his fire service career as an airman in the Air Force in 1987 before moving into civil service in 1992 at Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. He spent the next several years at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Terra Haute, Indiana and Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Cross would go on to Pope Air Force Base and to Fort Bragg, both in North Carolina where he was promoted to battalion chief. He served at DSCR from 2011 until 2019.