RICHMOND - Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott Jansson assumed command of Defense Logistics Agency Aviation from Rear Adm. Vincent Griffith in a standing-room -only change of command ceremony at the Frank B. Lotts Conference Center here July 7.
Prior to commanding DLA Aviation, Jansson was director, Iraq Security Assistance Mission, U.S. Forces-Iraq, Baghdad. He oversaw the implementation of security assistance programs for Iraq to include foreign military sales, international military education and training and end-use monitoring.
Vice Adm. Alan Thompson, Defense Logistics Agency director, presided over the ceremony.
"I'm delighted to have Brig. Gen. Scott Jansson joining the DLA Team," Thompson said. "You can be very confident, as I am, that the Air Force has sent its very best."
Thompson went on to say, "Vince [Griffith] is going to be the top fleet logistician of the Atlantic Fleet. He has thrived and been a tremendous contributor [to DLA]. He contributed from day one and has continued to contribute until the end of his assignment."
Griffith will assume duties as the assistant deputy chief of staff for Fleet Readiness/Fleet Supply Officer, N4B, Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk.
In the two years that Griffith commanded DLA Aviation, he said, "This country has engaged in two wars, had an economic downfall and we still had a great DLA Aviation work force."
"We had one single principle: improving war-fighter support," Griffith said.
During the ceremony, Griffith was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal for distinguishing himself by exceptionally superior service while serving as commander from June 2009 to July 2011.
"Brig. Gen. Scott Jansson, welcome aboard," Griffith said. "To use a Navy term, today I turn the helm over to you. I'm confident you will lead this wonderful team to greater heights. It has been a pleasure to serve as DLA Aviation's commander."
"I am excited about becoming a part of this team: Team Aviation," Jansson said. "My focus will be supporting our warfighters." Jansson also said that he wanted to enhance collaborations and find new, innovative ways of becoming more efficient.
Jansson has a master of science in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a master of science in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.
Some of his past assignments include: vice commander, Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; satellite development engineer and chief, Nuclear Detonation Detection Branch, GPS Joint Program Office, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.; chief, operations and chief, space testing, Consolidated Space Test Center, Onizuka AFB, Calif.; and commander, 508th Aerospace Sustainment Wing, Hill AFB.