News | Nov. 27, 2019

DLA alumnus returns home

By Irene Smith DLA Energy Public Affairs

Senior Executive Service Eric Smith became the deputy commander of Defense Logistics Agency Energy at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Nov. 24.

A former Army logistics management colonel and DLA alumnus, Smith served as executive officer to the DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Dail in 2007 and served as the director for DLA's Logistics Operations Center in 2006. 

DLA Energy Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Albert G. Miller introduced Smith to the agency’s directors at the senior leader huddle, Nov. 26.

“It is my privilege to introduce Mr. W. Eric Smith, the new deputy commander for Energy,” Miller said. “We are here to put faces to names and start to get to know you and what your folks do.”

The senior level huddle is a weekly informal opportunity for Energy leaders to bring topics to the table and engage. 

“Thank you for the outstanding welcome, even before I came in. The Energy team provided exceptional support,” Smith said.  “The support continues to be phenomenal. DLA Energy is a great place to be, I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity.”

Prior to reporting to DLA Energy, Smith served as the Department of Energy’s deputy director for the Office of Minority Programs and Business Operations. Prior to joining the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Smith served as the National Nuclear Security Administration’s acting associate administrator for Emergency Operations and the deputy associate administrator for Emergency Management and Preparedness.

Smith became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2007, when he was selected to join the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the member charged with envisioning, creating, and leading the post-Katrina mandated transformation of domestic disaster logistics. With FEMA, he successfully served simultaneously as FEMA’s disaster logistics national program executive, executive lead coordinator for Emergency Support Function #7, and the executive lead of the FEMA National Response Coordination Center’s Resource Support Section.

Smith said returning to DLA is like coming home. 

“I retired from here in 2007,” Smith said. “I am blessed to come back here to sustain and add to the great effort that DLA Energy is doing.”