On Feb. 22 at the Naval Air Station, Commander Maurice Meagher, Supply Corps, United States Navy, was part of a Change of Command ceremony, where he assumed command of the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation (DLA).
It is the largest Department of Defense combat support agency, which provides worldwide logistics support in both time of peace and time of war, as well as several civilian agencies and foreign countries.
Meagher was born and raised in Honesdale and is the son of Jean and Maurice Meagher. He is a graduate of Honesdale High School and attended Villanova University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a minor in biology.
He received his commission from Villanova's Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program in May 1991. Meagher earned a master's degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Montgomery, CA. and his Joint Professional Military Education Phase I from the Navy War College in 2004.
His prior assignment was as the assistant chief of staff for logistics at Expeditionary Strike Group Two in Norfolk, VA.
Meagher has a wife and five daughters.
He is replacing Commander Jason E. Klingenberg, Supply Corps, as commander of the DLA-Jacksonville. DLA Aviation at Jacksonville is one of six aviation industrial support sites directly supporting the warfighter through weapon system material management, industrial retail supply and strategic acquisition for consumable and depot-level repairable material.
During the ceremony Klingenberg was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for enhancing support to FRC Southeast customers
DLA Aviation Commander Brigadier General Scott Jansson, United States Air Force officiated the ceremony.
He said that the aviation was losing a "good leader" in Klingenberg but that they are also getting an "exceptionally well-qualified" leader in Meagher.