Mr. Richard A. Ellis is the deputy commander of Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support. DLA Troop Support annually buys more than $17 billion worth of food, clothing, textiles, construction and equipment items, medicines and medical supplies, and repair parts for America's warfighters and other customers worldwide. He oversees a global workforce of approximately 2,900 civilian and military personnel.
Under his leadership, DLA Troop Support has utilized better business practices that have resulted in increased sales for the agency and reduced costs for the customer, ultimately improving support to the warfighter and other customers across the globe. The organization has been on the forefront of humanitarian assistance for operations, such as Hurricane Sandy, Operation United Assistance and providing support to Syrian refugees.
Ellis is a retired Navy captain with 26 years of military service in the Navy Supply Corps, where he was responsible for operational logistics, inventory management and contracting. His last assignment in the Navy was director of contracting at the Naval Inventory Control Point in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for the acquisition of aviation and maritime repair parts, awarding over 40,000 contracts valued in excess of $4.5 billion annually. During his tenure, NAVICP awarded 30 performance-based logistics contracts. Additionally, Ellis pioneered the use of on-line reverse auctions in the federal government.
Before he began his federal government career, Ellis served as a contracts manager at BAE Systems, Inc., where he was responsible for providing contracting functional expertise, specifically as it related to PBL.
Ellis began his career at DLA Troop Support in 2009 as the Acquisition Executive, where he was responsible for awarding over 1.7 million contracts valued at more than $13.3 billion annually.
Additionally, Ellis served as the acting commander for Troop Support from December 2010 to July 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Washington. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Executive Development Program, the University of North Carolina Program for Executives in Logistics and Technology, and the Department of Defense APEX Senior Executive Orientation Program. Mr. Ellis is certified Level III in Acquisition Management.
As a federal civilian, Ellis has earned the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence, the DLA Meritorious Civilian Award (2011 & 2013) and the DLA Exceptional Civilian Service Award (2012 & 2014).