By Daisy Grant, Staff Writer
/ Published July 26, 2018
A Tinker Air Force Base commander moved up in the ranks at a ceremony held July 11 in the Tinker Club. Lt. Col. James Malec, commander of the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, was promoted to colonel and recognized for his accomplishments.
Brig. Gen. Linda Hurry, commander of Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia and Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, opened the ceremony by thanking Malec’s family and others who have helped him during his career.
She highlighted aspects of Malec’s career, describing him as hardworking, dedicated and willing to take care of his team.
“Whatever he does, he goes above and beyond to make sure he takes care of his people. He is always willing to help and he is very, very organized,” Hurry said.
Hurry said Malec has the qualities needed by O-6 leaders, and she knows he will continue to do wonderful things.
“Thank you for your tenacity, thank you for your leadership. I look forward to watching all of the great things you are going to do for our Air Force and for our nation as we move forward in the year,” Hurry said.
As DLA commander, a position Malec assumed in June 2017, he oversees the operation of retail-level supply, storage and distribution support to the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex.
Malec has held several previous assignments at the Pentagon and completed his military education at Air War College and the Air Force Intern Program.
He has been recognized previously with the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Bronze Star Medal, among others.
At the ceremony, Malec thanked his family, presenting bouquets of flowers to several family members and thanked individuals who have helped him progress in his career.
He also thanked those who he works with daily, attributing some of his success to their support.
“The people under you, if they’re not hard working and great people, you’re never going to succeed, and I’ve always been fortunate to have great, hard-working, smart (people),” Malec said.