Army Brig. Gen. Eric Shirley took command of the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support during an Assumption of Command ceremony June 17 in Philadelphia.
DLA Director Navy Vice Adm. Michelle Skubic, who presided over the ceremony, said Shirley’s previous role as chief of staff for Operation Warp Speed and his 28 years as an Army logistics officer make him a perfect fit to take command of an organization that has been on the frontlines of the nation’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
“Eric is a proven leader who brings an extraordinary combination of operational and logistical expertise to the position,” Skubic said. “We look forward to your leadership at Troop Support. Welcome aboard!”
Shirley’s new command ecompasses, through its five supply chains, approximately $19 billion in logistics support to warfighters and whole of government partners annually.
“I am tremendously humble and grateful to be joining this great DLA Troop Support team,” Shirley said. “This team that provides prompt, uninterrupted support to our services and combatant commands and supports the warfighter each and every day, everywhere around the world.”
Shirley praised Troop Support’s professionalism and competence in their support of the nation’s military, as well as their support to the COVID-19 response efforts. He said he wants to continue to expand the organization’s tradition of cultural excellence.
“Each and every day, we will treat every teammate with dignity and respect. That’s one of very few places [with a] nonnegotiable, zero defect mindset. Every teammate is a valued partner. And that’s how we will start every day here,” he said.
Shirley went on to say that the organization will continue to be a transparent partner to DLA headquarters and the preferred mission partner to military and government customers.
“I promise that I will give you my level best each and every day,” he said. “We will work together as a great team to extend and expand that tradition of excellence that has been built here by many great commanders over the years. I’m excited to get started with this exceptional team.”
Shirley began his military career in 1993 after graduating from the University of Arizona as the Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate. He was commissioned in the Regular Army as a Quartermaster Officer. Over his career, he has held a variety of leadership roles and deployed multiple times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
The ceremony also marked the end of Deputy Commander Richard Ellis’ tenure as acting commander. With a note of admiration and thanks to employees, he welcomed Shirley’s arrival.
“Your dedication and resilience never ceases to amaze me,” Ellis said. “Brig. Gen. Shirley, welcome to Philadelphia. We are thrilled to have you as the next DLA Troop Support Commander. I know you will find this assignment to be one of the most rewarding of your great career.”