News | Oct. 3, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Nathan Zúñiga

By DLA Energy Public Affairs

Editor’s Note: Defense Logistics Agency Energy recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. In honor of Hispanics’ contributions to the agency’s global mission, DLA Energy Public Affairs is highlighting Hispanic Americans who work daily to provide logistics support to America’s Warfighters.

My name is: Nathan Zúñiga

I am: A quality assurance specialist for DLA Energy Americas East. 

Describe your job in a sentence: As a quality assurance specialist, I perform petroleum supply chain management quality functions for DLA Energy as fuel goes from refineries to our military customers.

How long have you worked at DLA Energy? I have been with DLA Energy for seven and a half years.

What is your favorite thing about working for DLA? My favorite part of being a QAS for DLA Energy is knowing that I work to provide our military with high-quality energy products they rely on to defend this great country of ours.

What are your best memories of working here? Some of my best memories, so far, have been working with our military during exercises and contingencies, experiencing the partnership that DLA Energy provides the services.

How do you make a difference? I make a difference by continuous training, educating myself on the standards and processes, and working with my fellow QAS in the region and stakeholders to ensure our customers receive the best quality of product each and every time they need it.

What is one thing you'd like others to know about your heritage? My Hispanic heritage is very family orientated, hardworking, and we not only believe in the American dream, but we live it each day. Our heritage has a long rich history in the United States, some of our families have been in the Southwest territory for over 300 years and have supported and defended this country through government service.

Why is it important to you that we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, like all national observations, is important because it helps us learn more about each other and teaches our children where we come from. It helps other people identify how similar we all are, no matter the culture. That is what makes us stronger as a nation.