Vice Director, Defense Logistics Agency

Rear Admiral Raymond A. Archer III
Supply Corps, United States Navy

Rear Admiral Archer is currently serving as the Vice Director of the Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Possessing an extensive background in logistics, he has held numerous key positions ashore and afloat.

The Defense Logistics Agency, headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 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 inventory management, procurement, warehousing and distribution of spare parts, food, clothing, medical supplies and fuel; administration of all military service weapon systems acquisition contracts,
and reutilization of surplus military materiel. This worldwide mission is performed by approximately 42,000 civilian and military personnel around the world.

His sea tours include Supply Officer of USS RANGER (CV 61); an exchange tour in the Royal Navy Submarine Force as Deputy Supply Officer, HMS NEPTUNE; Stores and Stock Control Officer, USS HUNLEY (AS 31); and Supply Officer, USS THOMAS EDISON (SSBN 610).

Shore duty tours include Director of Submarine Logistics Courses, Submarine School Connecticut; and Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer, Naval Aviation Supply Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 1983 to 1986, he served as the Chief of Naval Operation's project officer for stock funding of aviation depot level repairables. This project was the most significant change in aviation logistics since the dedication of the Aviation Supply Office in 1941. Rear Admiral Archer also served as the Supply Officer, NAS North Island; Force Supply Officer, Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; and the Deputy Commander,
Fleet Logistics Operations, Navy Supply Systems Command. In February 1996, he became the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Logistics Business Systems and Technology Development, Washington, D.C. From September 1997, until he assumed his present position at DLA, Rear Admiral Archer served as the Commander, Naval Inventory Control Point.

He is a native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State University's School of Business in 1969 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. In 1978, he received a master's degree in business administration from Duke Graduate School of Business.

Rear Admiral Archer's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, four Legions of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, and the 1990 and 1991 COMNAVAIRPAC Supply "E" Award. The Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command awarded him a Meritorious Service Medal for providing logistics support during Battle Force Zulu, Operation Desert Storm. Additionally, Rear Admiral Archer has a wide range of functional specialities from submarine (supply) and aviation warfare to inventory control and financial management.