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News | Nov. 18, 2022

Area manager Milazzo recognized

By Jake Joy DLA Disposition Services Public Affairs

Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services Alaska Area Manager Chris Milazzo was recently honored as Employee of the Quarter for superior performance during the final quarter of fiscal 2022. 

The former Marine Corps staff sergeant has spent seven years with the command, as an Expeditionary Site Support instructor and compliance team member in Battle Creek, Michigan, and as receiver, disposal support representative, and area manager based out of Anchorage.

In the most recent quarter, Milazzo’s leadership helped Alaska offices exceed expectations on several site production metrics, including Customer Wait Time, Unprocessed Receipts, On-The-Shelf Rate, Hazardous Waste throughput, RCN Management, and Pick-to-Ship.

“Chris has been a tremendous motivator and inspiration to his team to improve processes and productivity that have beneficially impacted the Warfighter,” wrote Kirk Buckner, the Pacific region deputy. “Chris is a proactive leader and takes initiative to communicate safety, work priorities and business processes.”  

Milazzo said he enjoys being part of the Alaska team, and he takes pride in the team’s ability to repurpose items to customers in need. He also said he was grateful to lead the agency’s disposal mission across the largest state.

“I am thankful for my supervisor giving me a chance to lead a team of professionals,” said Milazzo, who did not know he had been nominated for the award until winners were announced. “I am also truly thankful for the team that I work with. They are the reason I enjoy going in to work each and every day.”

According to Buckner, the area faced several customer challenges, personnel turnover, and limited solutions for disposal of various commodity groups during the quarter. Milazzo quickly replaced departing employees, made key safety equipment purchases and improved communication and collaboration with local units. He also oversaw changes to the area’s Reutilization, Transfer and Donation operations, including tweaks to customer pickup coordination, property prep, and audit readiness. Anchorage also “achieved the number one category for our enterprise on the Pick-to-Ship metric, which is currently at 1.3 days.”