The reverberating beat of traditional Okinawan drums marked the transition of leadership during the Defense Logistics Agency Energy Okinawa change of command ceremony at Camp Shields, Okinawa, June 21.
Air Force Lt. Col. Jarrett Weiblen relinquished command of the only Defense Fuel Support Point in the Indo-Pacific region to the new commander, Air Force Maj. Tracy Gilmore. The DLA Indo-Pacific Commander Navy Capt. Kristin Acquavella presided over the leadership transition.
The Indo-Pacific region is DLA Energy’s largest geographical fuel region. It maintains constant supervision over product inventory, provides theater contingency and exercise support, monitors product quality throughout the region and coordinates unique alternative fuels and renewable energy requirements.
During his tour, Weiblen spearheaded the modernization of DLA Energy Okinawa’s ocean tanker receipt capabilities with an initial cost avoidance of $12 million greatly reducing the supply chain risk to Kadena Air Base and the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. He was responsible for managing a $2 million annual operating budget and bulk petroleum operation which consists of six fuel terminals, 78 miles of pipeline, two offshore discharge facilities, and 21 tanks with 53 million gallons of storage capacity.
Reflecting on his command tour, Weiblen said that one of his biggest accomplishments was integrating personnel and sustaining operational effectiveness of the Warfighter.
“We championed improved communication and greater integration between DLA Energy’s culture and our Okinawan workforce which had transitioned from the 505th Army Quartermaster Battalion,” Weiblen said.
Weiblen’s next assignment is United States Force Korea Camp Humphreys as the Branch Chief, International Agreements, in the J4.
Gilmore is a recent graduate of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Prior to that assignment, she was the Deputy Director for the Commander’s Action Group at the Special Operations Command Pacific at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.
“I am excited to be a part of the DLA-Energy Okinawa team, and I look forward to helping provide our customers with energy solutions in the most effective and efficient manner,” Gilmore said.