DLA Energy announces third quarter fiscal 2017 Employees of the Quarter

By Stephanie Buggs, Student Trainee

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Three service members and two government employees were recognized for their accomplishments and named as third quarter of fiscal year 2017 Defense Logistics Agency Energy Employees of the Quarter July 18.

“It's my pleasure to announce the DLA Energy Quarterly Award winners for the third quarter 2017,” said DLA Energy Deputy Commander Guy Beougher in an email to the workforce. “Please help me in congratulating these awesome teammates for their amazing accomplishments.”

Air Force Capt. Alexander Yee with DLA Energy Americas at Houston, Army Sgt. First Class Nicholas Braddock with DLA Energy Korea and Army Spec. Jaime Talavera with DLA Energy Americas at Houston were chosen as the military EOQs.

Yee was selected as grade officer of the quarter. His accomplishments include working as a critical planner for the Army's Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise 2017, an Americas Region augmentee in support of Task Force Americas' role for ARDENT SENTRY 2017, and a key team player in executing various Department of Defense energy and petroleum support requirements. He collaborated with several joint service entities to program, procure and distribute over 2.7 billion gallons of bulk fuel valued at $4.5 billion annually. He also planned emergency and exercise support programs for DLA Energy Americas at Houston sub-region and DLA Energy Americas to ensure continuity of operations for over 100 military and civilian personnel.

Talavera was selected as the junior noncommissioned officer of the quarter due to his professionalism and attention to detail as a military police officer assigned to the security activity in San Pedro, California. He executed daily security operations; executing antiterrorism and force protection measures for the 300-acre of DLA-leased, Navy-owned property. During the third quarter, Talavera participated in the execution of random antiterrorism drills that resulted in zero discrepancies and security incidents at San Pedro.

Braddock was chosen as the senior noncommissioned officer of the quarter and served as the NCO-in-charge of DLA Energy Korea and Joint & Combined Operations Logistics Support Center. During the quarter, he developed the operational-impact Logistics Supportability Assessment for the complex and worked with the lead Army planner to develop the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense concept of support and Korean Infrastructure fill plan. Braddock also assisted in developing a bulk fuel fill-plan to increase inventory by 15 percent across the Korean Theater of Operations in the last two months, in support of U.S. Pacific Command Joint Petroleum Office and U.S. Forces Korea Subarea Petroleum Office mission critical requests.

The 2017 DLA Energy third quarter fiscal civilian Employees of the Quarter are: Christopher Bordelon who won in the GS 7-12 category and Michael Holgate for the GS 13-15 category.

Bordelon is a lead resolution specialist with DLA Energy Americas at Houston and responsible for inventory accountability of 125 locations and 366 product accounts (44 percent of DLA Energy Americas at Houston and 22 percent of DLA Energy worldwide accounts) valued in excess of $230 million.

Bordelon evaluated the post Enterprise Business Systems rollout backlog and developed a spreadsheet and template to address Movements Under Investigations. His actions to standardize and streamline the process reduced the time it takes to complete MUI packages by 50 percent which resulted in his team clearing over $13.6 million in MUIs during the third quarter. 

Recently, a supply planner for Whiteman Air Force Base notified Bordelon that the pipeline supplying the base with jet fuel was rendered non-operational. He evaluated the situation and arranged alternate fuel support from Defense Fuel Support Point Indianapolis via truck transport. 

Holgate is the DLA Energy International Agreement Program lead for U.S. Pacific Command, Northern Command and Southern Command.

Holgate managed negotiations leading up to the DLA Energy Commander and Australian Department of Defence Fuel Exchange Agreement signing ceremony during the 2017 DLA Energy World Wide Energy Conference.

In May 2017, Holgate presented a solution to a $5 million debt balance that was owed to DLA Energy by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence for ground product sales from various Air Force unmanned, automated fuel service stations. He provided copies of the Vehicle Identification Links key authorization letters, issued by the USAF bases and signed by UK units to the UK MOD to assist in validating these transactions. This was accepted by the Air Force and MOD UK. DLA Energy was reimbursed for the backlog of fuel sales which got them out of debt. 

“His background and level of experience in the petroleum career field as well as his interactions with foreign military across DoD is crucial to the IA program,” said International Agreement Division Chief David Alexander. “These are the reasons why he’s success at his job.”

DLA Energy Korea was selected in the small team category. 

To maximize inventory across the Korean Theater of Operations, DLA Energy Korea developed a multi-receipt plan. For DFSPs with limited receipt options, the team coordinated with Republic of Korea Air Force to leverage Replacement in Kind support through the U.S. and ROK Fuel Exchange Agreement resulting in a 15 percent inventory increase, bolstering USFK readiness. 

The team provided emergency warfighter support to USFK’s Operation Reach 2017. The team provided over 40,000 gallons of diesel for 350 deployed soldiers. They partnered with USFK and ROK Ministry of National Defense to reconnect the U.S. Inland Pipeline Distribution System to the Wartime Host Nation Support Truck Terminal, exercising this critical contingency action for the first time in 15 years.

“We all know that no one succeeds alone, so I offer my personal thanks to everyone who was part of the larger team that continues to make us successful day in and day out,” Beougher said.