Webster Alumnus Assumes Command of DLA Energy

| July 12, 2012

Brig. Gen. Tuck, right, accepts the DLA colors.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, an alumnus of Webster University, assumed command of Defense Logistics Agency Energy (DLA Energy) in a ceremony July 9 at the McNamara Headquarters Complex auditorium at Fort Belvoir, Va.

In a time-honored ceremony, DLA Energy acting commander Patrick Dulin handed the organizational DLA colors to DLA director Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek, who then handed the colors over to Tuck, charging him with the responsibility for the organization’s mission and the welfare of its people.

Tuck comes to DLA Energy after serving as commander of 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia. This composite wing included strike, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, mobility, aeromedical evacuation and command and control assets supporting operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The wing provided support to more than 11,000 Air Force, joint and coalition forces.

A native of Honolulu, Tuck earned a master’s degree in international relations from Webster University’s campus in St. Louis, Mo., and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

He is a graduate of the Air Force Air War College and completed the National Security Studies Program at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and was in a Senior Executive Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

“To the men and women of DLA Energy…I look forward to being on your amazing team,” Tuck said at the ceremony.

“For the continued journey we are about to embark upon, you have our deepest admiration, loyalty and respect. What we do is not easy, but there are lives that count on us each and every day… and we can’t let them down.”

DLA Energy is a field activity of the Defense Logistics Agency and is responsible for providing the Department of Defense and other government agencies with comprehensive energy solutions in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

For more information on DLA, please visit www.dla.mil.

Submitted by Susan Lowe, public affairs specialist, Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Va.

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