FORT BELVOIR, Virginia –
From across the globe, more than 615 Defense Logistics Agency Energy employees participated in a virtual All Hands held from the Fort Belvoir McNamara Headquarters Complex auditorium Nov. 2.
The workforce was updated on the DLA Energy 2021 Culture Action Plan, recent employee awards and recognition, and the COVID-19 vaccination documentation system.
The cornerstone of the quarterly meeting was DLA Energy Deputy Commander Dave Kless’ introduction to the DLA Energy 2021 Culture Action Plan (internal link). People and Culture is one of DLA’s Critical Capabilities from the DLA 2021-2026 Strategic Plan and the most important asset is our people, Kless told the audience.
“Our ability to attract, develop and retain a diverse, skilled workforce is vital to our continued success here in DLA Energy,” he said. “We must all work together to fortify this culture.”
DLA Energy Culture Climate Committee Secretary Darren Dunham briefed the specific focus areas, intended actions and metrics of the Culture Action Plan. DLA Energy performed well and increased its Cultural Percentile Score by six points from 2018 to 2020.
“DLA Energy scored in the 4th quartile in all focus areas on the survey,” Dunham said. “The goal for fiscal year 2022 is to sustain the high scores in our organization and provide areas for improvement moving forward.”
The DLA Energy Culture Climate Committee will work on improving customer focus initiatives and communication and relationships across DLA Energy over the next year. Fiscal year 2022 goals include improving Energy culture through subordinate training and mentorship and better understanding of DLA core values: Leadership, Professionalism and Technical Knowledge through Dedication to Duty, Integrity, Ethics, Honor, Courage and Loyalty. already achieved
In addition to the Culture Action Plan, DLA Energy Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Jimmy Canlas gave recognition to DLA Energy fiscal year 2021 4th Quarter award winners. He acknowledged the tremendous work Energy employees accomplished over the past few months in supporting the Haiti Earthquake, Operation Allies Refuge/Operation Allies Welcome, Hurricane Ida, contracting during product shortages and the LANDSTAT-9 Launch.
The All Hands finished with discussion of safety considerations as the command enters the winter holiday season.
These quarterly events help keep employees informed and in touch with leadership. The next event is scheduled for February 28, 2022.