DCMA International Gets a New Star

     Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) International leadership transitioned from acting commander, Fred Kuhm, to new commander, Rear Adm. Deborah Haven, during a June 4 ceremony officiated by DCMA Director Charlie Williams, Jr.

DCMA Director Charlie Williams, Jr., passes the guidon and leadership of DCMA International to Capt. Deborah Haven (promoted to Rear Adm. in August), commander, during a June 4 ceremony at the agency’s headquarters. (Photo by Nick D’Amario, DCMA Public Affairs)

DCMA Director Charlie Williams, Jr., passes the guidon and leadership of DCMA International to Capt. Deborah Haven (promoted to Rear Adm. in August), commander, during a June 4 ceremony at the agency’s headquarters. (Photo by Nick D’Amario, DCMA Public Affairs)

     Williams appointed Kuhm as DCMA International’s acting commander Nov. 27, 2012, following Navy Rear Adm. Robert Gilbeau’s departure after a 27-month tenure as commander.

     As International’s new commander, Rear Adm. Haven leads a joint acquisition command globally dispersed over 26 countries.  She will have the helm on executing the agency’s international contract administration business and logistics performance oversight of more than 8,625 contracts valued in excess of $128 billion.  She is also responsible for DCMA’s Contingency Contracting Administrative Services mission in direct support of theater operations throughout the Middle East and Afghanistan.

     “It will truly be an honor to have the opportunity to lead the men and women of DCMA International,” Rear Adm. Haven emphasized.  “I am thrilled to be with an organization that has a reputation for putting the warfighter first.”

     “I am looking forward to her strategic vision and great leadership in ever more challenging times to support our customers around the world,” Williams said.

     Since taking command, Rear Adm. Haven has repeatedly asked the command one question; “How can I help you do your best?”

     While attuned to DCMA’s policies and processes, Rear Adm. Haven also focuses on the personal lives of each member of the organization, and values the effort and commitment of all her directorate’s members.  Her “Commander’s Rules of the Road” have become DCMA International’s new mantra toward total mission success.

     Rear Adm. Haven’s “Commander’s Rules of the Road …”

Warfighter first … That’s why we are here.

Integrity always … Perception is important, common sense applies, and if you have to think about whether it is right or wrong, it is probably wrong.

Respect for others mandatory … Respect yourself, and work hard; respect your colleagues, and respect the command.

Communicate frequently … Bad news doesn’t get better with time, and communicate respectfully.

Money matters … Spend taxpayer’s money as if it is your own, because it is.

     Rear Adm. Haven was promoted to the rank of rear admiral (lower half) during a ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va., this past August.

Navy Rear Adm. Patricia E. Wolf, Defense Logistics Agency director, Joint Reserve Force (J9), and Don Haven, place the shoulder boards on newly promoted Navy Rear Adm. Deborah P. Haven, Defense Contract Management Agency International commander, during a promotion ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va., Aug. 9. Don is Haven’s husband and a retired Navy captain. (Photo by Patrick Tremblay, DCMA Public Affairs)

Navy Rear Adm. Patricia E. Wolf, Defense Logistics Agency director, Joint Reserve Force (J9), and Don Haven, place the shoulder boards on newly promoted Navy Rear Adm. Deborah P. Haven, Defense Contract Management Agency International commander, during a promotion ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va., Aug. 9. Don is Haven’s husband and a retired Navy captain. (Photo by Patrick Tremblay, DCMA Public Affairs)

     Her previous assignments include Deputy Director, Maritime Customer Operations at Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime; Commanding Officer, U.S. Fleet Forces Logistics Support Unit; Commodore, Third Navy Expeditionary Logistics Regiment; Commander. Task Force 48; Commanding Officer, Commander Naval Forces Central Command Operational Logistics Detachment; Commanding Officer, Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 9 and Officer in Charge, Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 10 Norfolk Detachment.

     In March 2012, Rear Adm. Haven was mobilized for six months and served as Chief of Staff, Central Command Joint Theater Support Contracting Command in Qatar.  Previous mobilization assignments include Operation Unified Response at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Operation Iraqi Freedom II (Kuwait).  She was also called to active duty during Desert Storm.

By Nick D’Amario, DCMA Public Affairs