More than 350 Defense Logistics Agency employees in the National Capital Region have moved to new work locations or are expected to move this month.
About 250 DLA Logistics Operations employees, mostly contractors, moved from Crystal Plaza 6 in Arlington, Virginia, to the Suffolk Building, also in Arlington. DLA’s lease at Crystal Plaza was due to expire in mid-March, and the building owner is closing it for renovation, said John Holwick, DLA Installation Support’s Fort Belvoir, Virginia, site director.
The second move involves up to 130 DLA Energy employees currently working at the McNamara Headquarters Complex at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. They will move to a government-leased facility in nearby Lorton.
DLA Energy Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Giovanni Tuck announced the move to affected personnel June 3. They include employees who work in DLA Energy’s Utility Services Office, Small Business Office, Internal Review Office, and the Strategic Programs and Initiative Directorate. The relocation is result of decreasing workspace at the HQC.
Such moves are normally transparent to customers and occur in one or two days, but they take months or sometimes years of planning, Holwick said.
“We can’t just go to a building owner and request space. We have to go through Washington Headquarters Service to find space, and normally they go through the General Services Administration to get existing space,” he said. “It’s very time consuming.”
The plan to acquire new office space for employees at Crystal Plaza 6 took about a year and a half, said Ted Kukoski, chief of site operation support for DLA Installation Support.
About 1,200 DLA employees in the Washington, D.C., area currently work at locations other than the McNamara Headquarters Complex due to the lack of office space, Kukoski added.
(From left) Air Force Brig. Gen. Giovanni Tuck, DLA Energy commander; Dave Rodriguez, DLA Installation Support director; Army Col. Peter Crean, DLA Energy chief of staff; and Norm Stiegler, DLA Installation Support for Energy director, discuss the organization’s personnel moves during a trip to the new government-leased facility in Lorton, Virginia, June 2. Photo by Irene Smith