U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jimmy R. Canlas assumed his current position as the commander of the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, a major subordinate command of DLA at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, June 23, 2020. As the commander, he is responsible for enabling mission readiness by providing globally resilient energy solutions to the Warfighter and Whole of Government.
Prior to his arrival to DLA Energy, Brig. Gen. Canlas served as the Commander, 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The 618th AOC (TACC) is responsible for operational planning, scheduling, directing and assessing a fleet of approximately 1,100 aircraft in support of combat delivery and strategic airlift, air refueling and aeromedical operations around the world.
Brig. Gen. Canlas is a command pilot with more than 4,400 hours in the C-21A, KC-135R and C-17A. He has broad experience having commanded an airlift squadron, an expeditionary group and an airlift wing. He is a joint qualified officer having served with the United Nations Command in Korea and on the U.S. European Command (J-4) staff in Germany. Other staff tours include time at Headquarters Air Mobility Command and Headquarters Air Force. He served as the Commander, 437th Air Wing, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina and Vice Commander of the 618th Air Operations Center, Scott AFB, Illinois.
Brig. Gen. Canlas was commissioned in 1992 as a distinguished graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His education includes a Master of Operational Art and Sciences and a Masters of Strategic Studies from Air University. He is a graduate of the Air War College and attended the Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is a graduate of the Director of the Mobility Forces Course and the Joint Air and Space Operations Senior Staff Course, Hurlburt Field, Florida.
Major awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters.