News | Nov. 4, 2021

Celebrating DLA's 60th Anniversary: Don Peschka sends a message to employees

By DLA Energy Public Affairs

DLA is celebrating 60 years of logistics support since it was created Oct. 1, 1961. The theme is “Forged by History, Focused on the Future.” 

In this video “shout out,” Don Peschka (retired) sends a message to DLA employees. Peschka is a member of the DLA Energy Inaugural Hall of Fame in 2016 and inducted into the DLA Hall of Fame in 2017. He is also a 2015 recipient of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Acquisition and Contracting Legends Award.

Peschka served in DLA Energy as an Air Force major and a civilian from October 1983 to December 2004, when he retired. During his tenure, DLA Energy — along with DLA Headquarters — moved from Cameron Station in Alexandria, Virginia, to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, while the Defense Fuel Supply Center reorganized, becoming the Defense Energy Support Center. Peschka successfully guided this transition for the Bulk Fuels business team while maintaining a 100% on-time success rate for contract awards. 

“What makes me most proud is the fact that each day when I went in that office, I tried to put aside everything else that was going on in my life to concentrate on one thing only: the men and women of our armed forces, who rely daily on everything that DLA does,” Peschka said.

For more stories, videos, and graphics highlighting the agency’s history and people, go to the DLA 60th Anniversary page.