I am DLA

By DLA Public Affairs

My name is:
James Secrist

I am:
A DLA Land and Maritime small business specialist.

Describe your job in a sentence:
I serve as a liaison between small businesses and contracting officers. We help bring contracting officers together with small businesses so that DLA can maintain a robust industrial base.

How long have you worked at DLA?
A very long time. When I started with DLA, we did have computers, but just one, and it filled a room.

What is your favorite thing about working for DLA?
The jobs I’ve had at DLA have given me the chance to do different things every day. I like having the flexibility to learn new things and solve new problems.

What are your best memories of working here?

I remember the day a co-worker returned to work after recovering from a devastating stroke. He was so happy to walk in, and we all so happy to have him back. It was a forever-reminder of how lucky many of us are to come to work in good health each day.

How do you make a difference?
Just little things that all of us do. Help a caller. Say “hello” on the elevator. Those things add up.