Navy Flag Officer Biography

Rear Admiral Linda J. Bird

Supply Corps
Commander of Defense Supply Center Columbus


Rear Adm. (ret) Linda J. Bird, SC, USN, became Commander of Defense Supply Center Columbus in Columbus, Ohio, on July 18, 2003. As DSCC's Commander, Rear Adm. Bird oversaw an operating budget of $2.8 billion. She also directed the functions of 2,300 associates involved in purchasing materiel, monitoring inventory levels, maintaining technical data and assuring quality conformance of more than 1.6 million spare and repair parts used by over 24,000 military units and civilian federal agencies. DSCC had sales of $2.8 billion in 2003 with procurements in excess of $2.3 billion. A native of Auburn, Wash., Rear Adm. Bird graduated from Western Washington University and received her Navy Commission through the Naval Officer Candidate School in June 1974. She earned a master's degree in inventory management in 1984 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Rear Adm. Bird came to DSCC after serving as the Director, Supply, Ordnance and Logistics Operations Division (N41), in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Her sea duty tours include Stores Officer and Stock Control Officer, USS Frank Cable (AS 40), and Supply Officer, USS Puget Sound (AD 38). Her shore duty tours include assignments as Director of the Navy Supply Corps Museum; Food Service and Stock Control Officer, Naval Air Station, Brunswick, Maine; Material and Logistics Officer, U.S. Navy Public Works Center, Yokosuka, Japan; Aviation Consolidated Allowance List (AVCAL) and Consolidated Shipboard Allowance List (COSAL) Inventory and Financial Manager, Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; Director, Systems Integrity Department, Naval Supply Center, Norfolk, Va.; and Head, Supply Policy Branch in the Supply Programs and Policy Division (N41), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. In 1994, Rear Adm. Bird joined the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) as Director, Navy Defense Business Operations Fund Division, and then served as Director of Supply Corps Assignment/Placement Branch, Office of Supply Corps Personnel, Bureau of Naval Personnel. In March 1998, she returned to NAVSUP Headquarters as Deputy Commander for Financial Management/Comptroller. In 1999, Rear Adm. Bird was assigned as the Vice Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command. Her personal awards include Legion of Merits, Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Achievement Medals, and various campaign and unit awards.


Updated: 16 July 2013