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News | Aug. 17, 2016

Red River’s Merrell celebrates 50 years of federal service

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Shirley Merrell, a supply system analyst with DLA Distribution Red River, Texas, recently celebrated her 50th year of federal service.

Merrell, who began her federal career out of high school, joined DLA when the organization took over the supply function at Red River Army Depot.

Beginning her career as a wage grade employee, Merrell moved throughout many different supply positions with installation host Red River Army Depot.  Upon joining DLA in 1991, Merrell held the position of lead supply technician until transitioning to her current duties as supply systems analyst in August 2009.

In a ceremony on June 10, DLA Distribution Red River commander, Army Lt. Col. Anthony A. Stoeger presented Merrell with her 50-year service award.

“I thought 20 years of military service was impressive until I gave an award to Shirley A. Merrell for 50 years of government service today,” said Stoeger. “As part of my expeditionary team, the number of warfighters Shirley has supported over the years is simply amazing. She is an inspiration to us all.”

Merrell credits her time on the DLA Distribution expeditionary team as an experience for which she is thankful.  “I’ve had the opportunity to travel to places I probably would not have gone to on my own, both within the United States as well as abroad.” 

Overall, Merrell says she is very thankful for her career with the federal government.  “I am very fortunate to have worked for the Army and DLA.  The experience has allowed me to raise a family, and surround myself with hard workers, dedicated to serving the warfighter.”