News | March 18, 2019

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Lysmariam Valladares-Pena

By DLA Energy Public Affairs

Editor’s note: Every year, March is designated as national Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. In honor of this tradition, Defense Logistics Agency Energy is recognizing some of its top-notch female employees who are making a difference as champions of Warfighter support.

My name is:

Lysmariam Valladares-Pena

I am:

A DLA Energy Middle East Supply Planner

Describe your job in a sentence:

I maintain capitalized fuel inventories at 17 Defense Fuel Support Point sites located throughout the U.S. Central Command area of operations moving approximately one million gallons of fuel daily through the supply chain in support of Operations Freedom Sentinel and Inherent Resolve as well as multi-national exercises. 

How long have you worked at DLA?

Almost three years.

What is your favorite thing about working for DLA?

I love working with an integral team that provides tip of the spear support to the Warfighter and having a positive impact to the mission. I also enjoy the camaraderie aspect that naturally develops in our section with diverse individuals of varying backgrounds and career paths. It is fun even though this is serious business and units rely on us to get the fuel requirements right the first time, every time.

What are your best memories of working here?

Seeing my co-workers and leaders putting in 110 percent effort. Their heart and soul radiates care and compassion in taking care of the customer to ensure there are no supply interruptions affecting our mission and fostering strong partnerships that are an essential part of our supply chain.

How do you make a difference?

After spending 16 years in the Air Force fuel’s community as a customer and working as a resolution specialist at DLA Energy, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, my family and I moved to Bahrain for the challenge that goes with being far from home and extended family. Now that I am working at the regional level, I am able to merge my experiences along with my knowledge, skills and abilities to better assist and support our customers and the Warfighter.

How do you resolve conflict in the workplace and at home?

I am an easy-going person. I always search for the root cause of a problem and take time to understand the processes. I also take time to analyze and seek different options to resolve an issue. At work and at home, I provide solutions, work towards a collective agreement so we can move forward with a plan.