The Defense Logistics Agency Energy Pacific in Korea’s colors were passed to a new leader as Army Lt. Col. Eduardo Santiago assumed command July 19 from Army Lt. Col. John “Chris” Brookie during a ceremony at Camp Walker, Daegu, Republic of Korea. DLA Energy Pacific Commander Navy Capt. Kevin Henderson officiated at the change of command ceremony.
Santiago comes to the new command from a NATO assignment with Allied Joint Forces Command at Brunssum, Netherlands, where he served as the chief of NATO fuels supporting the International Security Assistance Forces Afghanistan. His previous tours included service as the executive officer of 391st Combat Service Sustainment Battalion at Bamberg, Germany, and operations officer of the Special Troops Battalion, 21st Theater Sustainment Command at Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Santiago said he expects one of the biggest challenges ahead will be planning to support the changes in fuel operations associated with the repositioning and transformation of U.S. Forces in Korea while maintaining superior support to the warfighter.
“Over the next year we will be working closely with USFK to refine their requirements and develop solutions to ensure responsive support to the warfighters,” Santiago said.
DLA Energy Pacific in Korea, under the command of DLA Energy Pacific headquartered at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is commanded by a centrally-selected Army battalion commander and is manned by U.S. soldiers and airmen, Department of Defense civilians and Korean national employees.
The unit’s mission is to provide wholesale petroleum supply, transport and management for United States Forces Korea. It is responsible for 99 percent of the fuel held in military storage tanks on Army and Air Force installations throughout Korea, and works closely with the USFK joint staff logistics directorate during contingencies.
“DLA Energy Pacific in Korea has a stellar reputation for providing responsive fuel support to the warfighter,” Santiago said. “I am excited to be a part of such a great organization. I have no doubt that this unit is in such great shape today because of the outstanding leadership provided by Lt. Col. Brookie and the absolute professionalism shown by the Korea team.”
“I could not be more proud of [Brookie’s] performance for the past few years,” Henderson said. “He is an outstanding leader and he has kept the needs of the warfighter as his number one priority. Petroleum is truly the life blood of the military machine.”
Outgoing commander Brookie and his family depart DLA Energy Pacific in Korea to serve with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command headquartered at Kaiserslautern, Germany.