News | Feb. 19, 2021

DLA Aviation employee wins DLA Employee of the Quarter Award

By Cathy Hopkins DLA Aviation Public Affairs Office

Timothy Nelson, a general supply specialist with Defense Logistics Agency Aviation at Ogden, was recognized during DLA’s virtual annual award ceremony Jan. 28 as the agency’s 4th Quarter DLA Employee of the Quarter.  The award recognized superior performance between Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2020.

Paul Fore nominated Nelson for the award.  Fore is a former command support staff lead for DLA Aviation at Ogden which is located on Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

“The 4th quarter of 2019 was an exciting and turbulent time for the stock readiness mission,” said Fore. “With little-to-no notice, directives dropped dramatically increasing the inventory workload by 1120%. This was due to drastic corrections in the 100% Type Physical Inventory Code D inventory accountability program, requiring many previously completed inspections to be re-accomplished.”

With a team diminished by military and critical leave, Fore said Nelson pushed tirelessly through July leading his team to ensure 19,000 inventories were completed on 17,000 national stock numbers totaling $66 million in priority assets-15 days ahead of schedule with an accuracy rate of 96%.

In his nomination package, Fore said it is a standard practice for Nelson to complete his tasks early and with superior quality.

Also, during this quarter, Nelson identified 14 stock screens totaling over $36,000 and removed wrong material from the supply chain, preventing discrepant items from being installed on aircraft and reducing the countless man hours that would be required to identify and remove these assets if released to maintenance.

Nelson and his team completed over 3,818 location surveys across seven warehouses, preserving the ready-to-issue state of DLA Aviation at Ogden’s retail inventory right at the customer’s fingertips. Nelson was also a primary force in the expeditious inspection of 13 returned intercontinental ballistic missiles build sets, completing in a few hours, what used to take up to three days.

“The dedication that Mr. Nelson exhibits towards our mission and goals motivates not only his branch but every other team he engages with during the course of his daily support of the warfighter,” said Fore. “Tim is truly an inspiration and an incredible commodity to DLA, and his country.”

“While I’m truly grateful and appreciative for the award, I’d be remiss to not offer my opinion that very little that we do in this line of work is a truly ‘individual achievement,’” said Nelson. “Nothing that I’m credited with doing would’ve been accomplished without the cooperation, assistance and support of a number of people.”

Nelson said he looks at these awards as more of him being the representative of the group that earned it.  Those groups consist of DLA Aviation at Ogden employees in the activity’s Storage and Distribution, and Material Management Divisions.  Nelson said he also received an enormous amount of support and a wealth of information from DLA Aviation’s retail accountability officer and the accountability officer at DLA Distribution at Ogden.  

(Editor’s note:  Nelson is currently on a three-year assignment with DLA Distribution in Yokosuka, Japan and will return to Ogden in 2022.)