Fort Belvoir, Virginia –
Editor’s Note: The Defense Logistics Agency recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. In honor of Hispanics’ contributions to the agency’s global mission, DLA is highlighting Hispanic Americans who work daily to provide logistics support to America’s warfighters.
My name is: Carlos Vidro-Martinez
I am: A contract specialist for Defense Logistics Agency Acquisition’s Contracting Services Office. I’m also my organization’s unliquidated obligations coordinator and administrator.
Describe your job in a sentence: I work multiple contracting actions and lead my team to accomplish our goals to clear unliquidated obligations.
How long have you worked at DLA? I have worked at DLA for 14 years. I began working for DLA Troop Support when it was known as the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia.
What is your favorite thing about working for DLA? The opportunities to continue improving and growing personally and professionally.
What are your best memories of working here? My best memories working for DLA have been the times I’ve spent with other DLA folks outside of the office, at the gym during chats over sports. We all have lives and interests outside of the office, but I think sports are part of our common ground.
How do you make a difference? By continuing to improve myself so I can help others. We should look at everything with a critical eye and always think about our work from a continuous process improvement perspective. I think we can always do better, and although we may not have the power or authority to make a specific decision to implement change, we can present our leaders with recommendations to correct or improve processes or situations.
What is one thing you’d like others to know about your heritage? A recommendation to visit where I’m from — Puerto Rico — if they haven’t already. Puerto Rico has many beautiful places and good food.
Why is it important to you that we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? For everyone, but especially for people who are from Latin America or working in some capacity with someone who’s Hispanic, it’s a great reminder to take some time to learn more about that particular culture. Knowing where a person comes from is so important if we really want to understand where they are now and where they are headed. I think that cultivating a better understanding of people and their culture can be beneficial for everyone.