Sanford assumes command of DLA

Army Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams, director of the Defense Logistics Agency; Air Force Brig. Gen. Linda Hurry, outgoing leader; and Brig. Gen. David Sanford, incoming leader, stand at attention during the DLA Aviation Change of Command Ceremony in the Frank B. Lotts Conference Center, Defense Supply Center Richmond, July 9.

RICHMOND – Air Force Brig. Gen. David Sanford became the 33rd Defense Logistics Agency Aviation commander during a ceremony in the Frank B. Lotts Conference Center, Defense Supply Center Richmond, July 9.

Sanford previously served in the Directorate of Resource Integration, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., where he assisted the director in the planning, programming and budgeting of weapons systems sustainment, vehicles and support equipment, logistics and installation resource requirements.

He replaced Air Force Brig. Gen. Linda Hurry, the first female commander of DLA Aviation. She has been reassigned to Washington, D.C. and will be the next director of logistics for the Air Force.

Distinguished guests in attendance at the change of command ceremony included Air Force Maj. Gen. Allan Day, former DLA Aviation commander, now director of Logistics Operations, DLA Headquarters, Fort Belvoir; Navy Rear Adm. John Palmer, commander of DLA Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio; and Army Brig. Gen. James Ring, director of the Joint Staff, Virginia National Guard, Richmond.

Members of the DLA Aviation Hall of Fame also were in attendance, as were friends, family, DSCR and tenant command employees, industry and community partners.

DLA Director Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams officiated the ceremony. In remarks, he offered his sincere gratitude to Hurry for all of her hard work and dedication in support of the nation’s warfighters.  

“Linda, your leadership of DLA Aviation over the past two years has been masterful,” Williams said. “On behalf of DLA, I want to thank you for a job well done.”

Williams presented Hurry with the Defense Superior Service Medal, recognizing the leadership she provided as the organization’s commander and her unwavering support of the warfighter.

During her farewell comments, Hurry expressed gratitude to the workforce she led for two years. “Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this amazing team,” she said. “Thanks for all the wonderful support you’ve given the warfighter across the globe. Thanks for doing the right thing. Thanks for caring, and thanks for taking care of each other.”

Hurry then relinquished command of DLA Aviation by passing the organizational flag to Williams, who then passed it to Sanford. This evolution signifies the passing of authority, responsibility, trust and mission from the senior commander to the new commander.

Sanford, in his first official remarks as the leader of the organization, kept his words short but made a powerful statement as to expectations during his tenure.

“To the men and women of DLA Aviation, we are one team of brothers and sisters in this profession of arms; a team made up of diverse service members and families who proudly and honorably serve our nation. I look forward to serving with you on this winning team, and I challenge you to make our organization even better.”