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News | Feb. 24, 2022

Employee Reflection: Stephanie Jimenez

DLA Disposition Services San Joaquin Program Management Analyst, Tracy Defense Distribution Depot, California

A woman poses in front of a fireplace.
DLA Disposition Services San Joaquin Resource Analyst Stephanie Jimenez.
A woman poses in front of a fireplace.
DLA Disposition Services San Joaquin Resource Analyst Stephanie Jimenez.
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VIRIN: 220115-D-D0441-6544
Describe your job.

As resource analyst, I manage the San Joaquin and Sierra fiscal budget that is allocated from DLA Finance quarterly. I also manage training, travel, supplies and ISSAs at the local level. As the local RA, I am also the area manager’s go-to for administrative support.

How long have you worked for the federal government, including military service?

17 years.

How long have you worked for DLA Disposition Services?

14 years.

Any favorite DLA memories?

When we used to use DAISY and transferred to RBI. This really opened my eyes to accept change within DLA Disposition Services. Since then, I have welcomed change and not dreaded it. 

What aspect(s) of your current job gives you the most personal satisfaction and why?

I see the work that goes on behind the scenes. This behind-the-scenes support to our site employees and mission is often not noticed. I love seeing how the work I do supports a receiver, DSR and site leadership to meet DLA Disposition Services mission goals. I once was a receiver and had no idea of what was needed behind the scenes for me to process property on the floor – like what was needed to run the lights, water, material handling equipment and computers, the supplies I had on hand to process or ship out property. Now, in my position for the last 11 years, I see all the moving parts that allow San Joaquin and Sierra to meet mission goals. [It’s satisfying] to be successful and relevant, because I help oil all those little parts that get overlooked.     

What is the best piece of advice someone has given you?

Don’t take things so personal, it is not worth it. Life is too short. Enjoy what we have, because it could be worse.

What kind(s) of training and education helps your work performance in your current role?

Webinars or Teams sharing meetings, in class and hands-on teaching with step-by-step job aids.   

What would you say has been your major contributions to your organization this year in your job?

My dedication to my position during COVID. I have been teleworking since March 13, 2020. During this time, the sites I support did not go a day without support from me from home. They were fully supplied with COVID supplies and protection. Their mission supplies were completely stocked. No part of our mission was put on hold because the site did not have what they needed to do their job.  

If you could speak directly to the warfighters you support, what would you tell them?

Even though we are not on the front lines with you, we are fighting right along with you, unseen.

Where do you see yourself five years from now? 

 I would like to see myself in a property disposal specialist position. I miss the customer service interaction with the warfighter and property at times.   

Any good DLA memories?

The move from Sharpe’s Army Depot to [Tracy’s]. We moved a whole operation from one town to another within a month with no building to call home – it was still in the process of being put together. DLA Disposition Services San Joaquin still met our customers’ needs and mission goals.

What was your first DLA job?

A two-year temporary supply technician with DLA Distribution San Joaquin for the Wall-2-Wall inventory project of 2004.

Any favorite quotes?

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou