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News | May 1, 2018

I am DLA

By DLA Public Affairs

Rhonda Blum, I am DLA.
Rhonda Blum, I am DLA.
Rhonda Blum, I am DLA.
Rhonda Blum, I am DLA.
Photo By: Charles Morris
VIRIN: 180501-D-YE683-039

My name is:
Rhonda Blum

I am:
A product specialist on the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Team at DLA Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio. My team manages the equipment that launches each aircraft from an aircraft carrier, guides it back to the ship or expeditionary airfield and recovers the aircraft safely.

Describe your job in a sentence: 
I evaluate technical data to make sure DLA procures the right critical items for launching and recovering military aircraft from ships. 

How long have you worked at DLA?
I’ve worked at DLA since 2006 after serving in the Navy as an aviation ordnanceman.

What is your favorite thing about working for DLA? 
I love that I work on items used on the ship my husband was stationed on twice before he retired from the Navy. 

What are your best memories of working here?
We recently created a tool to collect information to predict long lead times and delays in manufacturing. Our team also developed a questionnaire for contractors, to ensure they review all data before submitting bids. This reminds them of the complexity of item requirements and helps them produce accurate quotes. 

How do you make a difference?
I serve the warfighter by making sure the critical requirements of these items are met. The warfighter depends on me and my whole team to deliver. I’m sincerely proud to be part of it.