May 3, 2021: W. Eric Smith was recently named the new Chief of Staff for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). He succeeds Kristin French, who now serves as Deputy Director of DLA Logistics Operations. Prior to being named Chief of Staff, Mr. Smith served as the Deputy Commander of DLA Energy. He has previously served as the Deputy Director for Minority Programs and Business Operations in the Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Acting Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations and Deputy Associate Administrator for Emergency Management and Preparedness at the National Nuclear Security Administration. Mr. Smith served as an Army Logistics Management Officer and served as Executive Officer to former DLA Director LtGen. Robert Dail. He was also the Staff Director for DLA’s Logistics Operations Center in 2006. He became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2007 and was selected to join the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the Assistant Administrator for Logistics Management leading the transformation of domestic disaster logistics following Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Ambrose University, and a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College.