FORT BELVOIR, Va. –
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 and other federal customers.
My name is: María del Consuelo Badillo Zamora
I am: A system accountant in DLA Finance
Describe your job in a sentence: I develop, issue and update policy on DLA Finance operations and reporting under the DLA Issuance Program.
How long have you worked at DLA? Over nine years
What is your favorite thing about working for DLA? The tasks and meeting timelines are personally challenging. I also appreciate having a boss that appreciates the hard work I do and always thanks me at the end of the day.
What are your best memories of working here? I have two: One was working on a tiger team for real property with other employees from DLA Finance and DLA Installation Management. It was a diverse group and we worked together to accomplish individual and team goals. The second is when I was a team lead working in the Financial Reporting Division. Bringing my teammates together to plan and coordinate their assignments while allowing them to succeed individually was challenging, but it was rewarding to see them share their expertise to complete a common business goal. When I left my team, I felt a hole in my heart.
How do you make a difference? The more I focus on making a positive impact, the more I recognize opportunities and experience a sense of meaning in my work.
What is one thing you’d like others to know about your heritage? Mexico has a rich history. Its historical attractions are the main draw for tourists and include ancient ruins dating back to a time when the Olmecs, Aztecs and the Mayans ruled. Mexican cuisine is also popular and very spicy. One of the most popular beverages is tequila. Overall, Mexico’s people are warmhearted, hospitable and fun-loving. Family life is the most important part of Mexican culture; children are treasured and elders are cared for.
Why is it important to you that we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? I believe Hispanics have had a positive influence in America. The Hispanic community contributes to our national story of achievement with so many us being small business owners, veterans, teachers, public servants and professionals in other important fields.