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Spotlight on Women: Michelle C. Skubic

November 15, 2021 | Spotlight on Women

While you may not be familiar with the name Michelle Skubic, most of you are familiar with the Defense Logistics Agency, better known as DLA. Vice Adm. Michelle C. Skubic became the Director of the DLA in July of 2020 and has 34 years of Naval service under her belt.

VADM Skubic graduated in 1988 from California State University, Fullerton, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration-Finance. She earned a Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management from Naval Post Graduate School in 2001. She also graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College and the

University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Executive Development Institute.

VADM Skubic became the director of Logistics, Fleet Supply and Ordnance of the United States Pacific Fleet in 2014, then Commander of the DLA and Maritime, followed by Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command in 2018.

Six months ago, VADM Michelle C. Skubic presented her vision for the 2021-2026 DLA Strategic Plan. “Our Strategic Plan meets the evolving requirements of the Warfighter and the Nation with a targeted transformative approach encompassing the most critical priorities for the next five years. Grounded in the perspectives of customers, DoD partners, and our workforce, the strategy aligns DLA’s resources and efforts” announced Skubic.

Here are the Strategic Plan’s lines of effort in order of importance:

1. Warfighter always!

2. Support to the Nation

3. Trusted Mission Partner

4. Modernized Acquisition and Supply Chain Management

5. Future work.

Intersecting and supporting these five lines of effort, the DLA must be ready to act, adapt, reform, and embrace change to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness. To read more in depth about VADM Michelle C. Skubic’s vision and DLA’s full Strategic Plan, go to


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