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News | Dec. 6, 2021

DLA Aviation employees do big things in September

By Leon Moore DLA Aviation Public Affairs Office

Dylan Brock, a customer support specialist with Defense Logistics Agency Aviation at Ogden on Hill Air Force Base, Utah and John Villanueva, a logistics management specialist with DLA Aviation at Jacksonville, Florida, were selected as Defense Logistics Agency Aviation’s Employees of the Month for September. Villanueva won in the general schedule (GS) 10-13 category. Brock took the award in the GS 1-9 category.

Let’s first shine a spotlight on Villanueva’s outstanding contributions to the nation’s warfighters. He works in the Planning Division where his duties span a broad range of activities, from material supportability analysis to the continuous oversight and health of material stocking levels required for the Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 legacy and super-hornet fighter planes. 

He was nominated by Supervisory Inventory Management Specialist Damon Heemstra.

“When I found out that I was selected and beat out some serious competition, it made me reflect that the work I do to support the programs/platforms assigned to me, made a huge and significant impact in support of the warfighter,” said Villanueva.

“Villanueva is without hesitation a high-energy, high-integrity supply professional who leads by example,” Heemstra said.

Villanueva facilitated a canopy enhancement program for five different end item F/A-18 canopy family identification codes. To accomplish this mission, he coordinated and interacted on a weekly basis with weapons systems program managers at DLA Aviation in Richmond, Virginia, Boeing representatives, the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Joint Logistics Team, program managers, production controllers and industrial engineering technicians.

At the beginning of the canopy enhancement program, there were a total of 145-piece part requisitions in backorder status, but due to Villanueva’s persistence and leadership, only 29 are still outstanding. His attention to detail through gross demand planning resulted in an unprecedented 97% material availability rate over the past several months. Most noteworthy, his dedication in conducting 380 material supportability analysis, resulted in dramatic improvements in piece part health.

“He demonstrates the tactical skills needed to deliver strategic results. In simple terms, he gets results for his customer!” said Heemstra.

“I really am grateful to work for people who appreciate the job that I do. I also want to commend all the DLA employees who interact with hundreds of people every day. Every employee, every position, and every  single interaction matters!” Villanueva said.

“Exemplary warfighter service; best in the business at Ogden, Utah; and supply disciplined,” are a few of the phrases David Spargur, Aircraft Material Management Branch chief, used to describe Dylan Brock in his nominating write up.

“The distinctive accomplishments of Dylan Brock reflect great credit upon himself and towards the agency standard of placing the warfighter first, always!” Spargur said.

“I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity to represent the warfighter, DLA, and help bolster the Nation’s defenses,” Brock said.

Brock monitored and mitigated 2,500 national stock numbers supporting the Air Force’s A-10 and C-130 aircraft and 1,900 distinct DLA NSN's ordered in September 2021, valued at $1.8 million.

Spargur’s nomination stated Brock meticulously processed 44 mission impaired capability awaiting parts backorders and 13 emergency retail buy packages totaling $20,000 in sales. He completed 24 approved 309th Aircraft Maintenance and Regeneration Group supportability requests, and reconstituted AMARG assets resulted in a savings of $250,000. His impressive efforts resulted in continued maintenance operations for the Air Force’s A-10 Warthog and C-130 Hercules aircraft undergoing depot maintenance repair and overhaul.

Spargur stated that a crowning achievement during September was Brock’s tireless work clearing 15 MICAPs on A-10 fuel bladders recently acquired from Air Force. Critical analysis revealed tanks were undergoing stock screening requiring critical inspection due to corrosion. Brock quickly established himself as liaison between DLA and the Air Force, communicating updates with leadership daily. His aggressive measures enabled stock screenings completed three months ahead of schedule, enabling 15 aircraft to move to the next maintenance production gate.

“It’s a true honor to be nominated for DLA Aviation Employee of the Month. This reflects on my excellent supervisors and their leadership, along with their willingness to invest in my growth and professional development,” Brock said.