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News | March 13, 2020

DLA Distribution Norfolk bids farewell to McKelvey and Jones

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Norfolk, Virginia, hosted a retirement ceremony and luncheon to celebrate and honor Magalene “PeeWee” McKelvey and Addison “AJ” Jones’ culmination of federal service March 4.

McKelvey and Jones have a combined federal service of 78 years with McKelvey serving for 45 years and Jones 33 years. 

During the ceremony, Navy Capt. Thomas Neville, II, commander, DDNV, presented awards to both McKelvey and Jones while distinguished guests, among them the Mayor of the city of Norfolk, Virginia, the Honorable Kenneth Alexander, looked on.

McKelvey was awarded the DLA Gold Letter and received the Distinguished Career Service Award Medal for 45 years of service, a retirement plaque, retirement certificate and a DDNV Commander’s Coin. Her spouse, Yvette Brown, received the spouse retirement certificate for her support during McKelvey’s federal service.

Jones received the Distinguished Career Service Award Medal for his 33 years of Service, a retirement plaque, retirement certificate and a DDNV Commander’s Coin. His spouse, Angela Jones, received the spouse retirement certificate for her support during Jones’ 33 years of federal service. 

Dianne Peele, management and program analyst, DDNV, has fond memories of her time spent with McKelvey. “Ms. McKelvey was my very first civil service supervisor. I was a distribution process worker under her for two years. She is a true example of professionalism and integrity. She was always consistent, fair and equal,” said Peele.

In her retirement, McKelvey, a materials examiner and identifier supervisor, plans to continue her volunteer efforts with the City of Norfolk, Virginia. She and her spouse are committed to community service, family and their church. “We plan to get involved with an organization that advocates and promotes the awareness of the LGBT community. When we are not busy with volunteering, you can find us at the pier, fishing and relaxing, enjoying retirement,” said McKelvey.

Daniel McKnight, distribution facilities manager, DDNV, has known Jones for 25 years. “We worked together as material handlers and then both made supervisor at the same time. AJ is a true professional who takes pride in his work and genuinely cares about his people and the warfighter — he leaves behind huge shoes to fill,” said McKnight.

Jones, a distribution process worker supervisor, plans to continue coaching a youth bowling league – Hampton Roads Junior Goal Travel League – in his retirement. His team is traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada, for a national bowling competition with approximately 50 bowlers.  Upon returning, he will continue his volunteer coaching with the Skills Academy of Norfolk, Virginia. Additionally, he and his wife plan to travel to see family.