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Air Force's Babbitt Tapped for Defense Logistics Agency Chief

By Master Sgt. Stephen Barrett, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 1996 – President Clinton nominated Air Force Lt. Gen. George T. Babbitt to become director of the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va. Babbitt, 54, currently serves as the Air Force deputy chief of staff for logistics at the Pentagon.

Pending congressional approval, Babbitt would replace Navy Vice Adm. Edward M. Straw. The assignment would also mark Babbitt's return to the agency, where he served as deputy director for materiel management from April 1994 to June 1995.

Babbitt has spent most of his military career in Air Force logistics. He trained as an aircraft maintenance officer and served as a fighter flight line officer in the United States, the Pacific and Europe. Babbitt twice commanded aircraft maintenance squadrons and was deputy commander for maintenance of a European F-15 wing.

His recent assignments include director of logistics for both the Air Force Air Training Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and director of supply for the Air Force. He became the Air Force logistics chief in June 1995.

Babbitt is a 1965 graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, earning a mechanical engineering degree and his commission through the school's ROTC program. In 1970, he earned his masters in logistics management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

He is also a 1978 graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., and a 1986 Air War College graduate while at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Babbitt also completed management programs at Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, in Chicago and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass.

Babbitt's awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. He also holds the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

Babbitt and his wife, Louise, have a son, Ian, and a daughter, Megan.

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