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News | Feb. 22, 2023

November EOM honorees are exemplary problem solvers

By Natalie Skelton, DLA Aviation Public Affairs

When issues arise, Defense Logistics Agency Aviation November 2022 Employees of the Month honorees George Patton and Candra Duffy have demonstrated their ability to bring quick, effective solutions to the table.

Employee of the month is awarded to DLA Aviation non-supervisory civilian employees. Two recipients are selected based on individual general schedule pay levels – one from GS 1-9 (Category 1) and one from GS 10-13 (Category 2). Recipients receive a coin, a certificate of achievement from the DLA Aviation deputy commander and a cash award.

Category 1 winner George Patton, a retail product specialist within the Technical Quality Branch of DLA Aviation at Jacksonville, Florida, recently resolved a significant pricing error issue with parts for the Navy FA-18 and F-5 aircraft lines. He played a vital role in researching and reconciling more than 350 items, preventing critical work stoppages across multiple customer production lines. Patton's efforts saved more than $600,000 in unnecessary spending as well.

“Always treat your customers the same way you would want to be treated,” said Patton.

Patton's work coordinating the quick processing of router improvement investigation requests earned kudos from the customer, who remarked that he and his team went "above and beyond" to process the requests with 100% accuracy in just three shifts.

"Mr. Patton is an exemplary performer dedicated to the Warfighter and to the DLA Lines of Effort," said his nominator, Anthony Kosloski, order fulfillment section chief with DLA Aviation at Jacksonville. "His performance and contributions to the DLA Aviation at Jacksonville team and our customer demonstrate tremendous pride and professionalism."

Sustainment Specialist Candra Duffy, who is assigned to DLA Aviation at Warner Robins, Georgia, earned the November EOM honor for her support of Air Force C-5 Aircraft Depot requirements through continued demonstration of knowledge, experience, and dedication to her role, as well as other outside duties.

In addition to reviewing 63 engineering requirement reviews and more than 1,200 national and local stock numbers, which helped ensure an order response time of 87.4 percent, Duffy voluntarily assisted with training on DLA operational and strategic processes, and on blanket purchase agreement processes. Additionally, she volunteered to manage a team who publishes the DLA Warner Robins quarterly newsletter.

“Volunteering for tasks outside of assigned duties is important because there is so much more to the mission than what is directly assigned to you,” said Duffy. “Being flexible and taking on additional tasks is not only beneficial to the organization but is also important for individual growth.”

Duffy's nominator, Michael Towe, Jr., an inventory management specialist said, "Mrs. Duffy’s actions exemplify the meaning of dedication to supporting the warfighter and aligned with DLA’s Director’s line of effort 'Warfighter Always'."