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News | Sept. 1, 2019

I am DLA

By DLA Public Affairs

Image of Jared Grimshaw on a DLA forklift in a warehouse.
Jared Grimshaw
Image of Jared Grimshaw on a DLA forklift in a warehouse.
Jared Grimshaw
Photo By: Courtesy Photo
VIRIN: 190901-D-YE683-034
My name is: 
Jared Grimshaw

I am:
A property disposal specialist for DLA Disposition Services.

Describe your job in a sentence:
I work side by side with our customers, providing program oversight, training, guidance and solicitation of the incredible services that DLA Disposition Services has to offer. Finding unique and innovative ideas to better serve my customers is both challenging and fun, and brings fulfillment and reward.

How long have you worked for DLA?
I began working for DLA in 2012.

What is your favorite thing about working for DLA?
Having the daily opportunity to give toward something outside of and much bigger than myself. Knowing that through my efforts and the work I accomplish, I become a single piece of the integral puzzle that encompasses the good that we do here. Providing medical supplies to agencies saving lives, equipping volunteer firefighters with equipment they wouldn’t otherwise have money for and, most importantly, aiding and assisting our service members in capacities that I may never even have purview to. Never having served myself and being so appreciative of those who have, this is one way for me to give back.

What are your best memories of working here?
I have many, but one that comes to mind was receiving a heartfelt “thank you” and a photograph from one of my Computers for Learning Program [provides information technology equipment to schools] customers that captured young students hard at work, enjoying their new fully equipped computer lab, provisioned simply and entirely because a handful of people decided to come to work each day.

How do you make a difference?
By doing the opposite of what we’ve all been told. I bring my personal life to work with me each day. I wear the badge of honor of my beautiful and amazing wife on my sleeve. Letting my children’s indescribably adorable faces translate through my speech when speaking to others and trying to love my neighbor as myself.