News | Feb. 4, 2016

Oklahoma City’s deputy director retires after 54-year career

By Brianne M. Bender DLA Distribution Public Affairs

DLA Distribution Oklahoma City, Okla., deputy director Augustus Mays, Jr., has retired from federal service after a 54-year career.

Assuming the position of deputy director of DLA Distribution Oklahoma City, Okla., in March 2004, Mays assisted in providing retail and wholesale supply, transportation and logistics support to the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center and all Tinker Air Force Base tenant activities to include the 552nd Air Control Wing, 507th Air refueling Wing, 3rd Combat Communications Group, United States Navy Command Strategic Wing One, and 38th Engineering Installation Group. 

A retired U.S. Air Force colonel, Mays’ military career spanned 42 years in a variety of logistics assignments that included major command and joint staff billets. He is experienced in all facets of logistics operations including logistics plans, flight line maintenance, and supply and transportation support activities. He has commanded two supply squadrons, a logistics group, and two of DLA Distribution’s major distribution centers. 

As deputy director of DLA Distribution Oklahoma City from March 2004 to January 2016, Mays’ leadership and tireless efforts resulted in significant and enduring contributions DLA and the nation. He improved the distribution center's record of performance, implemented a monthly performance review "Deep Dive" process that correlated key performance indicators for the issue and receipt operations and he created a quality office and initiated quality audits to support the Audit Readiness Program. 

Furthermore, Mays’ initiatives increased logistics excellence and maximized warfighting capability and efficiency.  He led DLA Distribution Oklahoma City to enhance mission partnerships as well as increased readiness, sustainability and accountability.  Under his leadership, the DLA Oklahoma City Voluntary Protection Program Coordination Team increased VPP Stage II completion by over 30 percent.  With his guidance, the team accomplished 18 of the more challenging and difficult tasks and achieved an overall completion rate of 88.14 percent.  His leadership now has DLA Distribution Oklahoma City in Stage III and well on the way to completing the VPP challenge.  

“Mr. Mays has always led from the front and enforced high standards of performance and excellence,” said LaViolette. “His distinguished record of performance reflects great credit upon himself, the Air Force, the Defense Logistics Agency, and the Department of Defense.”