News | Dec. 10, 2020

Senior leader honored for meritorious service

By Tim Hoyle DLA Disposition Services

Five years of exceptionally meritorious service was recognized Dec. 7 when a Defense Logistics Agency Meritorious Service Medal was presented to DLA Disposition Services Chief of Staff Pete Foreman during a meeting of the command’s senior leaders in Battle Creek, Michigan.

“This individual award is a reflection of the great DLA Disposition Services team, from the outstanding headquarters staff to our field leadership that remain steadfast in providing world class support to the warfighter,” Foreman said.   

In the recommendation for his award, Foreman was described as a “dynamic leader and manager” who has inspired others across DLA Disposition Services from 2015 to 2020 as they achieve unprecedented accomplishments.  Foreman’s “leadership, expert management, impeccable problem solving skills, and fierce dedication to the success” were credited with enabling the organization to perform well, support contingencies and divestiture requirements for the warfighters DLA supports.

Foreman was credited with exercising unusual initiative that and realigned the DLA Disposition Service staff and global footprint, resulting in over $15 million in savings and increasing warfighter support, as evidenced by a greater than 30% improvement in all warfighter support metrics. Some specific initiatives Foreman led included Network Optimization, which realigned DLA Disposition Services’ field locations to better support the warfighter customers while saving $9 million in annual operating costs.  The optimization effort also led to a Battle Creek Realignment, which DLA Disposition Services to absorb a reduction of 27 full-time personnel by ensuring all critical staffing requirements were met without having to decrease the number of personnel at field sites.

Defense Wide Reform initiatives Foreman led included coordination with DLA Operations directorate staff to repurpose two facilities and close some field offices.  Once implemented, these initiatives are expected to save DLA Disposition Services in excess of $6 million.  He also led the discussions with DLA Distribution in the coordination and execution to revert operations from 10 shared sites and reintegrate 174 DLA Disposition Services employees. His reversion plan enabled all sites to meet their production metrics within six months.”

Operations Director Arthur Welsh (far right) watches as DLA Disposition Services Director Mike Cannon (center) and Chief of Staff Peter Foreman grill pancakes for the employees.
Operations Director Arthur Welsh (far right) watches as DLA Disposition Services Director Mike Cannon (center) and Chief of Staff Peter Foreman grill pancakes for the employees.
Operations Director Arthur Welsh (far right) watches as DLA Disposition Services Director Mike Cannon (center) and Chief of Staff Peter Foreman grill pancakes for the employees.
Grilling the pancakes
Operations Director Arthur Welsh (far right) watches as DLA Disposition Services Director Mike Cannon (center) and Chief of Staff Peter Foreman grill pancakes for the employees.
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Foreman’s staff leadership, training, coaching and mentorship were described as “world class, and he was also referred to as “a career professional whose eagerness to serve others and exceed the standards of excellence are unequalled.