Director addresses Energy workforce

By Irene Smith DLA Energy Public Affairs


DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams praised the Energy workforce during a town hall event at the McNamara Headquarters Complex at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Aug. 12. 

As he reviewed DLA Energy’s accomplishments and missions, Williams thanked the Energy workforce and acknowledged all that DLA Energy does to contribute to the agency’s number one priority, Warfighter First. He cited DLA Energy’s contributions to the nation’s strategic efforts including propelling rockets in to space, procuring the 90 million barrels of bulk petroleum valued at $7.3 billion annually and managing the fuel infrastructure Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization program. 

“I have been here for two years and the longer I am, the greater my appreciation for this phenomenal team,” Williams said. “I can’t think of another organization with a broader impact not only on DLA but also on the Department of Defense.” 

Six DLA Energy personnel were acknowledged with the Director’s “Ya Done Good!” awards. Williams introduced these awards when he took command in June 2016 in order to recognize individuals who have performed their jobs in an outstanding fashion.  

Senior Procurement Process Support Analyst Donna Black was recognized for her efforts in supporting the Rocky Mountain West Bulk program, valued at nearly $2 billion. She reduced the processing time by 50% to ensure the acquisition lead time stayed on schedule.

Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization Analyst Patricia Beyer was recognized for leading an SRM tiger team to streamline and improve the current service order cradle-to-grave process timeline for reporting deficiencies from 30 days to 7 days. 

Supplier Operations Contract Specialist Shane Banks was recognized for his efforts in the Bulk Petroleum Supply Chain Services contracting business unit. Banks successfully awarded a $227.7 million high-priority Contractor Owned, Contractor Operated Storage Services contract for 1,052,000 barrels of aviation fuel and military grade JP-5 in the San Francisco Bay, California, area.  

Quality Assurance Specialist Mark Mizrahi was recognized for improving a pre-award survey form for the benefit of all DLA military support commands. His efforts represent a DoD-level improvement in acquisition and assists the pre-award survey process. 

Customer Account Specialist Phillip Ray Adams was recognized for managing DLA Energy’s fuel intermediary program that provides time-sensitive fuel support for foreign and commercial aircraft that do not have existing fuel agreements. He coordinated case-by-case fuel support approvals for over 200 missions in 2019 with $1.1 million in sales. 

DLA Energy Middle East Navy Lt. Jonathan Gazaille was recognized for leading 11 civilians and managing the strategic bulk petroleum inventories and international agreements for 14 countries supporting Operations FREEDOM SENTINEL and INHERENT RESOLVE. 

“Thank you for what you do every day,” Williams said.