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News | Dec. 31, 2020

What the holidays mean to me: Michaela Millan

DLA Aviation Public Affairs

During the month of December, DLA Aviation Public Affairs will be running a special series of stories titled “What the holidays mean to me.” The purpose is to spotlight members of the DLA Aviation workforce during the holidays.  

Name: Michaela Millan

Organization: DLA Aviation

What is your job title, and what do you do, specifically? I’m a contracting specialist in the Strategic Acquisition Programs Directorate. In this capacity, I oversee and manage performance-based logistics supply contracts that support various engine components. The Captains of Industry and Joint Opportunities contracts enable DLA to improve the level of availability of engines components while meeting/exceeding war readiness engine goals.

What do the holidays mean to you? The holidays mean spending time with your family and loved ones.  The holidays also mean plenty of laughter, fun, good food and wintery outdoor activities such as ice skating or driving thru neighborhoods looking at the many beautifully decorated homes.  I love seeing the lights. It’s a magical time of year.

What are your fondest holiday memories? My fondest holiday memories are as a little girl; my mom, aunts and cousins all went to grandma’s house to bake and decorate Christmas cookies. Grandpa and the uncles gathered outside and miraculously made it back inside just in time for the taste testing. My daughter and I are planning to bake cookies this year!

What is your favorite holiday tradition? My entire family counts down to Christmas with a chocolate filled Advent calendar that each person receives.  Each day you have to look for the numbered window and eat the chocolate. As a little girl, I remember the anticipation on what kind of chocolate creature was behind each window – could not hardly wait.  Same stands true today – anticipation and excitement!  Of course, once I had children, the tradition carried on to my children and these days, even though they are adults themselves now, include their special someone!

Name your favorite holiday song and why it’s your favorite I love traditional holiday songs such as “Frosty the Snowman,” “Let It Snow,” “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” or the ever-goofy “Grandma Got Ran over by a Reindeer.  They are my favorites because they are heartwarming, feel good songs.