31 Jul '18, 5am

Gen. Perna reflects on career, Army logistics as new inductee into DLA Hall of Fame

Gen. Perna reflects on career, Army logistics as new inductee into DLA Hall of Fame

FORT BELVOIR, Va. -- Army Gen. Gustave "Gus" Perna never expected to be inducted into the Defense Logistics Agency Hall of Fame. Or, for that matter, the DLA Troop Support Hall of Fame, which he joined in 2012. In fact, Perna never expected to be a logistician at all, even though he went on to serve as commander of DLA Troop Support in Philadelphia and as commander of Army Materiel Command, his current post. When the New Jersey native was commissioned as an Army second lieutenant in 1979, he joined as an Infantry officer. "I thought combat arms was my calling," he said. "At a crossroads in my career, a mentor recognized I had a knack for logistics and encouraged me to pursue that path." However, he soon realized his Infantry background gave him a special insight into managing supply chains. "All soldiers need food, fuel, boots and bullets," Perna explained. "As an Infantry...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/209178/gen_perna_reflects_on...

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