San Joaquin’s Aguilar honored as top employee at annual DLA award ceremony

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

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Gerald Aguilar, distribution process worker at DLA Distribution San Joaquin, California, was honored as one of the Top 10 Employees of the year at the 51st annual employee recognition ceremony Dec. 13 for his contributions to the distribution center’s Consolidation and Containerization Point operations.

DLA director Army Lt. Gen. Darrell Williams, along with Distribution’s commanding officer Navy Supply Corps Rear Adm. Kevin Jones were on hand to present the award during the ceremony held at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Aguilar works in the CCP branch’s inbound operations where he works the offload and tally process.  In this role, he receives and delivers inbound materiel for multiple organizations on the installation, to include the CCP, Medical Maintenance, Automated Materiel Handling System Division, Hazardous Brand and Base Supply.

DLA Distribution San Joaquin commander Marine Col. Andre Harrell describes Aguilar as “a true team player who puts forth an outstanding effort each day.”

In the past fiscal year, Aguilar was instrumental in the receipt of more than 410,000 pieces of materiel, including 5.8 million cubic-feet of cargo, exceeding 35,000 metric tons in direct support of more than 4,000 Department of Defense Account Activity Codes, 12 Break Bulk Points, and four Theater Consolidation and Shipping Points in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Command Areas of Responsibility.

Anticipating the start of a $6.7 million CCP redesign project, Aguilar helped organize, relocate and set up a new inbound operation in a temporary location.  His expert and detailed management of this transition ensured the CCP maintained or exceeded all surface and air metrics throughout the nine month CCP redesign installation period. Simultaneously, the CCP received a 35 percent increase in workload and still outperformed the metric standard. 

As the CCP branch safety representative, Aguilar conducted bi-monthly walk through safety inspections, looking for discrepancies and hazards.  His involvement helped ensure a safe work environment for his team and contributed to a 33 percent reduction in materiel handling mishaps.

“’Warfighter First’ is embedded in Mr. Aguilar’s mindset and shows in the dedication he displays in his assignments.  He is an example every employee and manager should emulate,” said Harrell.