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News | Oct. 19, 2020

DLA Distribution San Diego’s Walker is Distribution’s Company Grade Officer of the Year

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs 

Navy Lt. Marc Walker, military liaison officer, Defense Logistics Agency Distribution San Diego, California, is DLA Distribution’s 2019 Company Grade Officer of the Year.

In his outstanding performance of his primary duties Walker exhibited logistics expertise and problem-solving skills normally associated with a well-seasoned lieutenant or lieutenant commander. He worked closely with senior officers and civilians on the staffs of Naval Surface Forces Pacific, Naval Air Forces Pacific, Military Sealift Command and Fleet Logistics Center, San Diego, to develop logistics support plans that improved material visibility, movement, auditability and ultimately readiness. He served as the lead customer service representative and distribution support advocate for two Carrier Strike Groups and two Expeditionary Strike Groups as well as a number of independent Surface Combatants in support of the Force Generation and Sustainment Phases of their operations. 

Walker spearheaded execution of an agreed upon standardized delivery schedule program that reduced customer wait time, improved material throughput and increased material readiness through implementation of a streamlined delivery process for over 65 home ported ships. The SDS process gained material processing center efficiencies in consolidating, staging and delivering critical material, resulting in a reduction of incorrect deliveries and decrease in the number of items held in temporary storage. Further, because of the increase in visibility and documentation, the DDDC staff and service provider staffs were able to increase visibility of the current on-hand balance, improve its accuracy and make updates as necessary. 

Walker was key in obtaining COMNAVSURFOR' s approval to close nearly 13,000 open MPC requisitions. A customer-oriented professional, Walker sustained and enhanced the execution of a stakeholder engagement strategy to personalize DDDC’s support, increase the number of customer contacts and build customers' confidence in DDDC’s dedication to its mission. At a strategic level, Walker developed a standard brief to support engagement with nine O-6 major commands. 

In his support to significant contributions which improved global distribution excellence, Walker served as the command's representative and an active participant in Commander, Third Fleet’s Naval Reserve Force Logistics Readiness Center Enterprise Leadership Training. As a briefer and active participant, he highlighted DLA Distribution San Diego's capabilities and contributions to operations in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. Further, he led DDDC’s participation in Commander Naval Surface Force's prospective department heads' indoctrination briefs for over 15 newly reported shipboard supply officers. His participation increased awareness of DLA Distribution's support capabilities, enhanced DLA's brand in the Southern California region and strengthened regional partnerships.