Editor’s note: The Defense Logistics Agency recognizes March as Women’s History Month. In honor of women’s contributions to the agency’s global mission, DLA is highlighting female employees who work day in and day out to provide logistics support to America’s warfighters.
My name is: Michele Johnson
I am: The chief of business operations for DLA Finance.
Describe your job in a sentence: I oversee a team whose primary responsibility is to develop the agency’s $25 billion budget.
How long have you worked at DLA? In total, I have worked 12 years at DLA. My first tenure was from 2001 to 2009. I left for a few years to work for another department and broaden my knowledge as a financial analyst. I returned to DLA in 2015.
What is your favorite thing about working for DLA? Watching the news or reading an article involving the shipment of materials and supplies to the warfighter or in support of humanitarian efforts. I am amazed at how quickly we are able to help the warfighter as well as other countries.
What are your best memories of working here? There are many. But my fondest memory would be my second DLA-Family Day. The team decided to have a picnic and had settled outside to enjoy lunch and the activities. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mary Sanders, the vice director at the time, strolled up in her sunhat and asked if she could join us. We were stunned and yet said, “Sure.” We thought that she’d stay for a minute or two, but she stayed for quite some time and chatted with each of us and not one word about work. Whenever we would start talking about work, she reminded us that it was Family Day and for us to enjoy ourselves. This was something that I never forgot. She was a leader who not only spoke about work-life balance but practiced it as well.
How do you make a difference? I believe in doing my best in whatever endeavor I undertake. How can I help my co-worker, team or whomever get what they need? What can I do for them? If I am able to do so, I will help and I will do my best to treat others with respect and kindness.
How do you resolve conflict in the workplace and at home? Honestly, a silent prayer. Then, I will do a quick assessment of the conflict to determine what is needed. This may mean a meeting of the minds or a directive. It depends on the nature of the conflict.
What does Women’s History Month mean to you? Taking a month to acknowledge the accomplishments and successes of women is a wonderful idea. Women have made many wonderful contributions and continue to do so. There have been many successful women in my life who’ve helped to me along the way, and now I have the opportunity to help someone else.