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Patrick Dulin, Defense Logistics Agency Energy acting commander, talks with civilians of the 505th Quartermaster Battalion about their upcoming transition to become DLA Energy employees, during his trip to Okinawa, Japan May 17-19. Courtesy photo
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Senior Defense Logistics Agency Energy leaders met with their stakeholders during a trip to Okinawa, Japan May 17-19.


Patrick Dulin, DLA Energy acting commander; Navy Capt. Kevin Henderson, DLA Energy Pacific commander; Navy Capt. William Terry, DLA Energy Customer Operations commander and Walter Riddlehoover, DLA Energy Pacific deputy director met with the 505th Quartermaster Battalion leadership, civilian staff and customers. 


During the trip, Dulin said his message was to assure the stakeholders the operational bulk fuel mission transfer from the 505th Quartermaster Battalion to DLA Energy continues to proceed smoothly, and will remain transparent to the warfighter with no loss of fuel support during this transition.


Upon his arrival, Dulin toured the Chibana Compound, current headquarters of the 505th QM BN, and future headquarters of DLA Energy Pacific at Okinawa. He met with senior warfighter commanders and discussed customer support and answered questions and concerns, with many expressing their satisfaction with all that had taken place to date.


At a morning breakfast and meeting with the 505th Quartermaster Battalion’s civilian employees, Dulin provided an overview of DLA Energy, an update on the continued progress of the mission transfer and addressed their concerns of transitioning from an Army operating unit to DLA Energy. 


The transition process over the past 20 months has progressed very smoothly, Dulin said.


Many of the DAC employees expressed their happiness with the progress of the transition and their becoming DLA employees. 


After the morning breakfast and meeting with the DAC employees, Dulin and his team traveled to the Tengan Ocean Fuel Terminal and rode on one of the 505th Quartermaster Battalion’s Landing Craft Mechanized to tour the terminal, the Single Point Mooring System and the Three Legged Mooring System. 


During his visit, Dulin and the other DLA Energy leaders viewed all of the fuel facilities.


They expressed how well the fuel facilities were being maintained, and that it was an exciting time for DLA Energy to assume the mission and begin terminal operations, which will be a first for DLA.