News | April 29, 2019

DLA Distribution Norfolk, Virginia, welcomes new commander

By Diana Dawa, DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Employees and guests witnessed a time-honored military tradition April 26 at the Defense Logistics Agency’s largest distribution center supporting the Navy in Norfolk, Virginia. DLA Distribution Commanding Officer, Navy Rear Adm. Kevin M. Jones hosted a change of command ceremony where Navy Capt. Andrew Matthews passed command to Navy Capt. Thomas Neville III.

Neville, a native of Vienna, Virginia, earned his commission upon graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1995. Following training at Naval Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia, he reported for duty aboard the USS Russell (DDG 59) as disbursing officer and sales officer. During his tour, he completed a deployment to the Persian Gulf and earned his Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer Qualification.

Neville completed the Supply Corps Internship Program and reported to the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland, supporting the V-22 Osprey program office and earning a dual qualification as a business financial manager and a Naval Acquisition Contracting Officer. He also attended the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, where he earned distinction as the honor graduate.

Upon completing the Supply Corps civilian graduate education program, Neville earned a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary.

Neville most recently served as the Director of Contracts at Commander, Naval Regional Maintenance Center, in Norfolk, Virginia.    

Neville’s afloat and ashore tours include director of contracts for the Commander, Naval Regional Maintenance Center; supply officer, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72); weapon systems support officer and division chief in Supplier Operations for DLA Aviation in Richmond, Virginia; assistant supply officer aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation Unified Response; fleet logistics support officer and contingency contracting officer in Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Norfolk, Virginia and supply officer, Pre-Commissioning Unit Mason (DDG 87).

Neville’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Commander, Naval Air Forces and the U.S. Marine Corps Association Leadership award and numerous other campaign and service awards. He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community.