Gen. Scott Chambers relieved of command at DLA (updated 12/15)
Based upon substantial allegations contained in a Department of Defense Inspector General’s Investigative Report, US Air Force Brigadier General Scott D. Chambers, Commander of Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support has been relieved of his command and has returned to the Air Force. This is effective December 9, 2010.
Defense Logistics Agency Director Alan S. Thompson has appointed Mr. Richard Ellis as Acting Commander, DLA Troop Support.
As of the publishing of this post I have yet to obtain a copy of the Department of Defense Inspect0r General’s report. It will be interesting to see what the Department of Defense Inspector General has uncovered in this latest report. If the report is made available to the public I will link to it.
Anyone following Defense contracting is aware the Defense contracting industry has been wracked with fraud, waste and abuse. There have been countless convictions of contracting officers for both contractors and the Defense Department.
I have sent a request for information to the Defense Logistics Agency asking for a statement and more information, but have not received a response as of the publishing of this post. If you have a copy of the report or more information regarding Brig Gen Scott D. Chambers being relieved of command and returned to the Air Force please let us know.
Updated December 13, 2010:
Here’s the email that was forwarded to me. I can’t confirm if this is actually the original email or if it’s in it’s entirety.
I wanted to inform you that based upon substantiated allegations contained in a Department of Defense Inspector General’s Investigative Report, effective 9 December 2010, I have relieved Brigadier General Scott D. Chambers as Commander, DLA Troop Support.
I have appointed Mr. Richard Ellis as Acting Commander, DLA Troop Support.
Mr. Ellis’ appointment as Acting Commander will remain in effect until further notice.
VADM Alan S. Thompson
GovExec.com just came out with an article on this issue. You can read that HERE.
Updated: December 15, 2010:
In a recent article in the AirForce Times is state:
In an e-mailed message to DLA workers, Navy Vice Adm. Alan Thompson, the head of the logistics agency, said he relieved Chambers of command based on “substantiated allegations” in a Defense Department inspector general report.
The allegations involved “personal misconduct” and were not connected to “past or ongoing” business operations at the supply center, McCaskill said.