Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Nathan Won

By DLA Public Affairs

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Editor’s note: The Defense Logistics Agency recognizes May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In honor of their contributions to the agency’s global mission, DLA is highlighting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who work day in and day out to provide logistics support to America’s warfighters.

My name is: Nathan Won

I am: A management and program analyst for DLA Logistics Operations’ Customer Relationship Management Program. I am a Korean American; I speak fluent Korean and casual Japanese.

Describe your job in a sentence: As the program lead for CRM, I oversee internal and external activities within the CRM portfolio and perform duties to improve CRM to better serve our warfighters and customers.

How long have you worked at DLA? I have been with DLA for four years. I started my DLA career with DLA Logistics Information Services, then moved to DLA Indo-Pacific before coming to DLA Headquarters.

What is your favorite thing about working for DLA? People. I have met some of the greatest people to work with and for at DLA, and some of them have become lifetime friends. Everyone that I have worked with in DLA has had outstanding professionalism, knowledge and experience, and I enjoy working with these great people every day.

What are your best memories of working here? My best memories are from the past three and a half years working with the DLA Pacific Korea team. Together, we’ve supported customers by developing kits to help warfighters counter weapons of mass destruction and we’ve also improved warfighter readiness in Korea.

How do you make a difference? I make a difference by going the extra mile to better serve warfighters and I look for new challenges every day.

What is one thing you’d like others to know about your heritage? Respect is an important part of my heritage whether that respect is for elders, teachers, seniors, peers and even juniors. I was taught by my parents that mutual respect is what bonds relationships and builds loyalty.

Why is it important to you that we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month? Many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have displayed their heroism and patriotism through the history of our country. Examples include Honorable Daniel K. Inoue, an American politician who served as a U.S. Senator from Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012, and retired Army Col. Young-Oak Kim, who served during World War II and the Korean War. It is important to recognize proud Americans like these, as well as people in other heritage groups.