Navy Flag Officer Biography

Vice Admiral Alan S. Thompson

Director, Defense Logistics Agency

Vice Admiral Alan S. Thompson


Vice Adm. Alan S. Thompson became director of the Defense Logistics Agency in November 2008. As such he is responsible for providing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other federal agencies with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services in peace and war. These services include logistics information, materiel management, procurement, warehousing and distribution of spare parts, food, clothing, medical supplies and fuel, reutilization of surplus military materiel and document automation and production. This worldwide mission is performed by approximately 26,000 civilian and military personnel.

Thompson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics from UCLA, where he received his commission through the Naval ROTC program in 1976. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida and completed the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Senior Executive Program.

Thompson has served in a variety of key leadership positions afloat and ashore. At sea, he served as assistant supply officer, USS David R. Ray (DD 971); supply officer, USS Chandler (DDG 996); and as supply officer, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).

Ashore, he has served at the Naval Supply Systems Command, the former Naval Aviation Supply Office, Philadelphia; commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Naval Air Station, Miramar; and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). He was the commanding officer, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk and a CNO Fellow on the CNO Strategic Studies Group. Thompson’s flag assignments included duty as commander, Defense Supply Center Columbus, Defense Logistics Agency, director, Supply, Ordnance, and Logistics Operations Division (N41), Office of the CNO, and as commander, Naval Supply Systems Command and chief of Supply Corps.

Thompson's personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, and a number of unit and campaign awards. He is a qualified Naval Aviation Supply Officer and Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer. Thompson is also a member of the Department of the Navy Acquisition Corps.


Updated: 1 February 2010