Name: Abby Curry
Organization: J67A, Analytics Center of Excellence
Years of Service: Twenty-five years of total federal service
What is your job title, and what do you do?
Operations Research Analysts specialize in quantitative/process analysis of agency-wide policy alternatives and business activities which focus on dramatically improving performance and often have national and international implications in all areas of logistics.
Currently, I am working on several efforts: I am a part of a long-standing suspended stock study and produce the monthly Suspended Stock dashboard. I am also working on a five-year study of open returns.
What experience and credentials do you have to be successful?
I served in the Air Force for 11 years as an air transportation craftsman before entering the civil service. One of my first positions was with Air Mobility Command Headquarters analyzing aircraft payloads for optimization of passenger and cargo aircraft. From there, I went to USTRANSCOM and was eventually selected as an LNO for DLA to USTRANSCOM. This gave me a great amount of insight on DLA’s transportation requirements. I have a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and two master’s degrees, one in management and leadership and the second one in contracting and procurement.
What aspect(s) of your current job gives you the most personal satisfaction? Why?
Honestly, the greatest part of my job is that every study is different, and I am constantly learning because of it.
What are some of your passions outside of work?
My current passions outside of work are my family and photography. My children keep me constantly busy with their track and field meets. Now that they are a little older, I have been working on perfecting my skills as a photographer.
What advice do you have for DLA employees?
You are the average of the people you spend the most time with. Make a point of interacting with not only people who are successful, but also people who have the kind of work habits you want to emulate.
What other self-initiated efforts have you worked on?
I have spent a lot of time over the last two years learning how to create dashboards in Excel, Qlik, and Power BI. Dashboards provide a comprehensive picture of performance with a lot of detail. This allows leadership to use data from the past to identify trends that can influence decision-making.