News | Feb. 17, 2022

Employee Reflection: Vernon Campbell

Environmental Protection Specialist, Sierra Army Depot, California

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DLA Disposition Services Sierra Environmental Protection Specialist Vernon Campbell.
A man posing in front of a building sign.
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DLA Disposition Services Sierra Environmental Protection Specialist Vernon Campbell.
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Tell us a little about yourself.

I started working for DLA in 2004, after I retired from the Army. I started in the warehouse as a wage grade property receiver at DRMO Riley. I later took a job at DLA Disposition Services Offutt, where I continued to work in the warehouse and scrap yard. During Network Optimization, I was transferred to Sierra, where I have worked in nearly every position available.  I am currently the environmental protection specialist. It’s been an exciting career so far. 

How long have you worked for the federal government, including military service?

Nearly 38 years of federal and military service.

How long have you worked for DLA Disposition Services?

18 years.

What is your favorite memory with DLA Disposition Services?

My favorite memory is traveling to different locations for training. Most of the class would meet up and discuss what we did back at our work locations. This is a great way to meet employees at different locations.

What aspects of your current job gives you the most personal satisfaction and why?

I work the hazardous waste contract for the Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy in this area. I get out and work with these sites and the contractor to remove hazardous waste that accumulated during the past 90 days. This job is very satisfying because you are always busy. There is very little down time. 

What is the best piece of advice someone has given you?

Best advice I was given while working in DLA was not to hoard your knowledge. Share it and develop others – it will make your job easier.

What is your best memory of working here?

Best memory of working here was working the DEMIL as Condition of Sale (DCOS) contract. I became the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for the contract, which was a new experience, and along with it came a lot of responsibilities such as compliance, documentation, weight tickets, weight tracking, and reporting in accordance with standard operating procedures.

What was your first job?

My first job was receiving small items in the main warehouse, which included batch lotting of low dollar value items.   

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

Where I wanted to be when I grew up was Panama Beach, Florida. My senior class took a 10-day senior trip after we graduated high school.  We spent two of those days playing and swimming at Panama Beach. Unfortunately, I was never able to make it back to Florida; however, as an Army veteran, I have seen Europe and have been stationed in several states during my career. 

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