Okinawa, Japan –
Beginning with the traditional Japanese morning greeting, “Ohayo Gozaimasu!,” Air Force Lt. Col. Tracy Gilmore greeted a virtual audience of employees, friends and family during her change of command ceremony May 27.
During the time-honored event, Air Force Maj. Anthony Anderson assumed command of Defense Logistics Agency Energy Okinawa.
“My predecessor told me as I was taking Command that ‘Command is like sprinting a marathon,’” Gilmore said. “It’s time to pass the baton to the next runner on the DLA team.”
DLA Energy Okinawa provides bulk petroleum support to U.S. military and other Department of Defense agencies on the island of Okinawa. 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.
For her service, Gilmore was presented the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Reflecting on her command tour, Gilmore said she couldn’t have done it without the talented DLA Energy Okinawa team.
“I am humbled and grateful to you all,” Gilmore said. “To my unsung heroes who are attending this event virtually, my mom and dad. You are my rock and have been with me every step of this journey…I truly could not have done this without your love, support and guidance.”
In Gilmore’s next assignment, she will take command of the 647th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii.
Prior to joining the DLA Energy team, Anderson was the Special Operations Command Pacific Current Operations and Exercises deputy division chief at Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. He was responsible for sustainment logistics and transportation support to more than 2,500 Special Operations Forces conducting operations throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility.
“The Energy mission in Okinawa has a robust history developed over several decades as a partnership to enable success in the Pacific. I’ve learned this team has faced many challenges including the now 15 month’s long pandemic, but you consistently find success,” Anderson said. “Lieutenant Colonel Gilmore, I know this team is sad to see you go, but I am incredibly excited for this opportunity to build on this great legacy.”