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News | May 19, 2015

President surprises DLA employee’s parents

By Chey DeLorenzi DLA Document Services

A Defense Logistics Agency Document Services employee’s parents got a surprise meeting with President Barack Obama recently.

Calvin and Donna Andrew, Utah residents and parents of DLA Document Services employee Nansi Malesic, got to meet the president thanks to some lighthearted banter between Malesic and members of the White House Office of the Staff Secretary.

Malesic works at the Document Services printing facility at the White House. A key part of her daily job is to print the staff secretary’s jobs that directly support the president. During the last week of March, she printed a report for the Staff Secretary Office and the Travel Advance Office for a presidential trip to Utah. She joked with members of the Staff Secretary Office about “hitching a ride” home to Utah on Air Force One.

Malesic mentioned that her parents are big fans of the president and it was too bad that the only time the president visited Utah her parents wouldn’t be able to meet him. She said that it would probably be the only chance for her mom, who is 90, and her dad, 89, to meet the president.

Unbeknownst to Malesic, staff members from the Staff Secretary Office passed her comment up the chain, and the next night she was told her parents had an appointment the next afternoon to meet the president for a photo opportunity.

It was a “wonderful” surprise and her parents were “thrilled” to accept the invitation, Malesic said.

“It still feels like a dream that my parents got to meet and have their picture taken with President Obama,” she said.

Malesic’s parents are still talking about how the White House staff at the hotel took such good care of them, she said. They even had their picture and story in the city paper.

“To have people appreciate the work you do for them, so much so that they would do this for me and my parents, is so special,” Malesic said.