KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany –
An Air Force officer who served as the Defense Logistics Agency’s liaison to U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa is retiring after 26 years of service.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Lingens has spent the past seven months working at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, helping those Air Force customers take advantage of DLA’s support capabilities. He served the previous four years as DLA Europe & Africa’s military deputy and officially retires mid-June.
“DLA is a great agency and it has been a privilege during my last five years to work here,” he said. “The DLA director [Army Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams] says the people are the ‘special sauce.’ He is correct. They make everything possible. I just wish they could see how the actions they take on a day-to-day basis affect the positive overall position of the U.S. in both combatant command theaters here.”
Lingens graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1994 and has since served as a logistician all over the world.
He served as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force at Mildenhall, England, where he developed aircraft loading procedures for United Kingdom Ministry of Defence procured equipment. He also stood up a logistics squadron for the Heavy Airlift Wing at Pápa Air Base, Hungary.
“Jeff worked tirelessly for DLA Europe & Africa over the years – carried a lot of water and cared for our people,” Army Col. Krista Hoffman, DLA Europe & Africa commander, said. “We thank him for a lifetime of service to our nation and wish he and his family the best as they kick off their second half game.”
Lingens plans to stay in Germany after he retires.