News | May 25, 2021

Employee Spotlight - Barry Humphrey

By J6 Communications

Name: Barry A. Humphrey

Organization: J6X

Years of Service: Three years at DLA, retired from Army with 21 years of service 

What is your job title, and what do you do, specifically?

I am the IT business relationship manager for DLA Energy. I am responsible for understanding Energy’s business strategies, processes, plans, and needs and how to integrate those business requirements with IT portfolio and service offerings. I help integrate Energy’s business strategy development and J6 strategy development. I serve as the advocate for Energy to leverage new IT capabilities and advise Energy on emerging enterprise technology solutions. I also serve as the voice of the Chief Information Officer to ensure his vision and goals are met.

What is your background, including experience and credentials? How does your background help you be successful in your current role?

I have a strong background in information systems management because of the various roles and jobs I had in the Army. I have network and information security, information management and knowledge management, IT project management, and I have also overseen various helpdesk departments in the Army. When I retired from the Army, I worked at the Hines VA Hospital in Chicago, Ill. in their IT department where I performed customer support duties, network security, and was the lead IT project manager for the hospital. After leaving there, I worked a year at U.S. Army Cyber Command on Fort Belvoir where I was responsible for evaluating threats to DOD public-facing websites and working with the various stakeholders to remediate the issues in a timely manner. My education is a B.S. in molecular biology from Auburn University Montgomery, a dual M.A. from Webster University in information systems management and business and organizational security management, and I most recently graduated with my Ph.D. in information systems and communications from Robert Morris University. I have IT certifications in CompTIA Network+, Security+ce, and Cloud+. I feel that I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to my current role because of my diverse background and education.

What aspect(s) of your current job gives you the most personal satisfaction?  Why?

I get personal satisfaction from my current job by ensuring that my Energy customers are taken care of and any issues that they may have, I am able to resolve in a timely matter so they can accomplish their mission. My performance helps build confidence in me and highlights the importance of the BRM and what we bring to our respective MSCs.

What are some of your passions outside of work?    

My passions outside of work include sending quality time with my family (three girls and a son). I also love to read and expand my knowledge on a wide variety of topics that interest me. Also, I love to fish and watch old Kung Fu movies.

What advice do you have for DLA employees?

Always do your best no matter what position you are placed in. Continue to learn and better yourself, both personally and professionally.

What other self-initiated efforts have you worked on?

Besides completing my doctoral degree, I am working on publishing my research and writing articles to be submitted to several scientific journals. I’m also working with some of my cohort members from my Ph.D. program on some post-doctoral research. I am always looking to better myself through education and other opportunities that will advance me in my career and to achieve my goal of becoming a chief information officer and chief technology officer. In June, I will begin a rotation with Research and Development to assist with research.