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News | Feb. 13, 2020

Williams recognizes Battle Creek personnel

By Jake Joy DLA Disposition Services Public Affairs

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams, director of the Defense Logistics Agency, met with agency staff at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center in Battle Creek, Michigan, Feb. 11.


While his visit primarily involved review of the DLA Disposition Services Dynamic Operating Plan, Williams carved out time to tour the facility and present a number of commander’s coins and his patented “Ya’ Done Good” awards to recognize the accomplishments of area employees.


Among those who “Done Good” with their recent contributions to the agency mission:


DLA Disposition Services Material Handling Equipment Training and Licensing Program Manager Nate Creech, recognized for his planning and execution of the command’s first Material MHE Safety Summit in October.


Program and Management Analyst Thomas Haegele, recognized for his direction as team lead during a recent Operation Effectiveness Review/Environmental Effectiveness Review of the Gimcheon disposition hub in South Korea, for which he managed complicated logistics and prepared briefs and the final report.   


Issuance and Forms Process Owner/Program Manager Pam Moutz, cited for extensive knowledge and expertise of the issuance process during headquarters realignment efforts and for exemplary training and mentorship of three new procedural writers as the organization evolves to support sustained audit readiness.


Property Disposal Specialist Travis Baughman, honored for taking initiative in mentoring and training several new Public Sales Operations branch employees and actively working with the Public Sales Contracting Directorate to develop correct processes in the headquarters’ new structure. 


Lead Sales Contracting Officer Thomas Marcum, who has “remained a steady force” while awarding critical scrap contracts during a time of high demand. He was also critical to the smooth transition of the public sales mission to the Contracting directorate, training five new employees and awarding 50 contracts in 90 days.


DLA Disposition Services Director Mike Cannon and Chief of Staff Peter Foreman also received surprise Ya’ Done Good awards. Williams said the two were the first ever nominated by their subordinates, and they were cited for exceptional leadership in saving more than $1 billion annually, leading retrograde support efforts in the Middle East and in guiding disposal response to multiple humanitarian and disaster relief emergencies.


Among those who received Williams’ personal thanks and command coins were:


Navy Lt. Blain Cannon, for work as Operational Support Officer, maximizing the support funding and opportunities of the agency’s Joint Reserve Force personnel assigned to the disposition mission.


System Sustainment Analyst Brian Cobb, for his understanding of the Intermediate Documents system and his reprocessing and correction of more than 4,000 IDOC errors that were created when a Distribution Standard System-to-Enterprise Business System interface stopped working. 


Management and Program Analyst Mark Engelby, for leading tiger teams to the Pendleton and Hill sites, which assisted with the reduction of 11,000 lines of unprocessed receipts.


Procurement Technician Brandon Awkerman, for leading in the reduction of Operational Contracting’s Unliquidated Obligations and reducing them by 77% for a monetary reduction of $1.27 million.


Sales Contracting Officer Todd Koleski, for administering the command’s e-recycling contract in fiscal 2019, which brought in over $19 million in revenue to the agency. 


Director of Contracting Tracy Hart was coined for being the longest tenured DLA Disposition Services employee, with 40 years of service already in the books with the agency.


Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist Michelle Franklin was recognized for her all-DOD-level efforts in the Workforce Recruitment Program, which connects highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities to the federal sector through temporary or permanent jobs.


Finally, Office of Small Business Programs Director Sheryl Woods was recognized for her outstanding contributions toward the agency exceeding many of its small business goals in recent years. She is set to retire in late February.