PHILADELPHIA, May 11, 2018 —
Name: Victoria Czaia
Organization: Clothing and Textiles
What’s your job? I’m a customer account specialist on the Marine Corps team.
If you could speak directly to the warfighters you support, what would you say? There’s a lot I would tell them. I’m sorry that they’re missing the babies that are born, the family members that get sick; but the biggest thing is that their sacrifices mean so much to everyone. And I would just like to thank them for their service.
What’s the most thrilling/adventurous thing you have ever done? Living abroad; I lived in India for six months and China for 16 months, teaching English. While I was in China, I joined to Red Cross to support people affected by the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. And I removed some of the rubble to get to school children, because we lost so many, since it happened in the afternoon. It impacted me as a human being to see that much destruction so close up.
What is your proudest accomplishment in life thus far? I would say taking the oath to work here at DLA Troop Support. And, getting my Master’s degree in Justice Studies and Terrorism and Security.
What has been the highlight of your career so far? I think the highlight has been working with everyone here, and one of the most special moments was receiving Team Member of the Month in April 2017, presented by [former C&T Director] retired Air Force Col. Lawrence Hicks. I helped bring back orders down to the lowest level in 30 years, so it was a significant effort.
What is the most surprising/unexpected thing others don’t know about you? I ran for New Hampshire State Senate in 2012, and was on the ballot with former President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, so that was cool. And, I’m a published author. I wrote “Dare to Dream” in 1999 under the penname Victoria Kimble.
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue? I would get into a nonprofit or a humanitarian effort because that means a lot to me, and I would go to [developing] countries.
What is your favorite thing about working for Troop Support? It’s everything I ever think I dreamed about; being a part of a collaborative effort to support the people in the military.