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News | Oct. 23, 2020

Employee Spotlight: Mike Baldwin

DLA Aviation Public Affairs

Employee spotlight regularly features outstanding non-supervisory personnel from throughout the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation and other DLA employees on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia. Organizational directors may submit names of employees they wish to feature in this column to DLA Aviation Public Affairs. For more information, call (804) 279-3139.

Name: Mike Baldwin

Organization: DLA Aviation at Ogden

Years of Service: 3 years

What is your job title, and what do you do, specifically? I’m a customer support specialist. I support the industrial maintenance customer at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex on Hill Air Force base here in Utah on a wide range of activities to ensure the timely processing of customer orders and customer access to products, accounts and order information.

What do you like most about your job? I was a supply clerk for 10 years in the Marine Corps. My first duty station was with a Marine Aircraft Group. If I can be super honest, it was kind of nice to transition out of active duty and be able to work in a place that “feels familiar” to some degree.

What kind(s) of training and education helps your work performance in your current role? I feel that my experience in the Marine Corps has given me an advantage in my work performance with DLA. Having worked with DLA organizations frequently over the last decade helped me understand some of the workflow, processes, and workplace lingo, making the transition fairly smooth.

What aspect(s) of your current job gives you the most personal satisfaction and why? As someone who has been on the customer side of the fence, I’d say being able to use what I’ve learned in the service to give back to our nation’s warfighters is a pretty good feeling.

Where do you see yourself five years from now? I am not 100% sure where I’ll be in five years, but I’m going to stay hungry and see what happens. There is always more to learn.

What’s your biggest pet peeve? My biggest pet peeve is being told to do a thing just as I’m about to do it.

If you had a theme song, what would it be and why? This changes a lot, but right now Lin-Manuel Miranda’s My Shot from the Hamilton play is pretty sick.

If you could pick a personal motto, what would it be? My personal motto is “Don’t Suck.”

What five things could you absolutely not live without? The five things I absolutely can’t live without are food, water, air, shelter, and the internet.