BIG acknowledgement

By Irene Smith DLA Energy Public Affairs

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Encompassing selflessness, civic duties, compassion and generosity to others, Polly Jones-Mason was selected as a recipient of the 2019 Blacks in Government Military Meritorious Service Award.

Jones-Mason serves as a realty specialist for Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management for Energy responsible for the acquisition, management, and disposal of real property assets assigned and used by DLA Energy in Richmond, Virginia. She is a veteran, serving in the United States Navy from 1988-1991.

The annual BIG Military Meritorious Service Award honors military members and Department of Defense civilian employees who have supported the DoD mission, overseas contingency operations, or whose attributes best epitomized the qualities and core values of their respective military service or other DoD component. 

As a member of the Richmond, Virginia, community, Jones-Mason volunteers in several community and civic groups to include the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events and the Virginia One Church One Child adoption agency that promotes awareness of children in foster care who are seeking adoption. 

“Breast cancer education is so important,” Jones-Mason said. “I am 65 and I’ve seen the results of the increased awareness in the African-American community.”

An advocate for minority women through her efforts supporting the Urban Diaper Bank and the United Way, Jones-Mason mentors teenage pregnant mothers providing them nutrition guidance and encouraging them to eat healthy during pregnancy in order to deliver a healthy baby. Her mentorship and focus on promoting equal opportunities for minorities by fostering awareness and advocating for social justice was a driving force behind submitting significant bills to the Virginia 2019 General Assembly.

“I believe we are called to help our brothers and sisters,” Jones-Mason said. “I am a believer (in the Bible and its teachings). You try and do the work you are called to do and help educate others.”

Site Director for Installation Management for Energy Cliff Sands praised Jones-Mason’s work ethic and dedication.

“Jones-Mason manages all real estate agreements for fuel-related Real Property in support of DLA Energy’s capitalized fuel operations at 92 Navy and Marine Corps Defense Fuel Supply Points,” Sands said. “She participated in eight real property inventory trips as the lead Energy Real Property Officer, verifying over 400 fuels-related real property records. Her efforts, contributed to achieving our 100 percent inventory mandate in direct support of the DLA Director’s auditability objective.”

Jones-Mason will be presented with her award at the BIG 41st annual National Training Institute in Dallas, Texas, Aug. 5-8.

BIG is a National Organization committed to improving public service through promoting equity, excellence, and opportunity in the workplace.