News: Lt. Gen. Masiello takes command of DCMA
FORT LEE, Va. - Air Force Lt. Gen. Wendy Masiello assumed command of the Defense Contract Management Agency from Acting Director James Russell during a change of leadership ceremony at the Lee Club here today.
As head of DCMA, Masiello leads 11,900 civilians and military personnel who execute worldwide contract management responsibilities, covering more than 20,000 contractors and over $217 billion in unliquidated obligations.
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, presided over the event. He spoke about past successes and welcomed Masiello to her newest leadership position in a distinguished 34-year career.
“Wendy had pioneered the area of service contract management for the Air Force, and her leadership there brought her to our attention,” said Kendall, speaking about when he first became acquainted with Masiello when she was a brigadier general. “She is an open minded, clear thinker who goes beyond just doing well with the things that have already come down and finds new ways to do business — something that is incredibly important to DCMA as we move forward.”
After Kendall spoke, Russell performed his last actions as acting director before by thanking the Combined Arms Support Command commanding general, Maj. Gen. Larry Wyche, Fort Lee leadership and representatives from the community.
“Fort Lee is truly now DCMA’s hometown,” said Russell. “We are very happy to be here, and we couldn’t be prouder to partner with you all.”
Kendall then led the passing of the agency’s flag, as Russell, who will be resuming his role as deputy director, officially relinquished leadership responsibility to Masiello. After assuming command, she too thanked the greater Fort Lee community and leadership for its agency support and welcome. As her remarks drew to a close, she focused on her respect for the DCMA workforce and her excitement to be joining the agency.
“For the men and women of the Defense Contract Management Agency, I’ve had the privilege of getting to lead some of you and work one-on-one with the commanders coming in from around the world,” said Masiello. “It has been an eye-opening experience to see the talent, to listen to what is going on around our agency, and to know how responsible and passionate you all are about protecting our tax-payers’ dollars. I am so proud to represent you to the outside community, but more importantly to be your partner — and I commit to you that my job here is to serve all of you.”
In her previous assignment as the deputy assistant secretary for contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C., she was responsible for all aspects of contracting relating to the acquisition of weapon systems, logistics, operational, and contingency support for the Air Force.
A complete bio for Masiello can be viewed at http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/108139/major-general-wendy-m-masiello.aspx.