News | March 28, 2022

Leadership Reflection: Mark Miskin

DLA Disposition Services Grafenwoehr Area Manager, Germany

Official portrait of a man.
DLA Disposition Services Grafenwoehr Area Manager Mark Miskin.
Official portrait of a man.
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DLA Disposition Services Grafenwoehr Area Manager Mark Miskin.
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What’s your role?

Area manager for the Grafenwoehr, Germany, area of operations. Provide training and development for a great staff to ensure DLA Disposition Services continues to provide world-class troop support [throughout] South-East Germany, to include rotational forces operating in Eastern Europe.

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

25 years.

How long have you worked for DLA Disposition Services?

12 Years.

What do you like about your role?

I like having a sensible impact on the way we operate and overcoming the challenges we face each day.

Any good advice you’ve received worth sharing?

I have been given a lot of advice over the years both directly and indirectly. One thing that has really stuck with me through my time with DLA was a quote from [former director] Ms. [Twila] Gonzales around 2009. I cannot recall the exact phrase, but it was something like this: “Always find a way to improve your environment.” Everything I’ve looked at since has challenged me to find ways to improve the operation in one way or another.

Any favorite DLA memories?

I really enjoyed my days as a disposal services representative while at Eglin Air Force Base. The troops were ALWAYS so excited when I would arrive on site to provide hands-on instruction. The relationships built with the troops during these times were very fulfilling, as I could see the spark in their eyes as they learned something new.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

Patience. Listen before speaking.

Do you have a leadership philosophy?

I believe in taking care of my team. I believe troop support improves when my team is happy. Teach the team what is expected of them, listen to their ideas, and back them up.

Biggest challenge right now?

Keeping everyone motivated as we creep into the third year of COVID lockdowns.

Thoughts on success?

Some of the most successful people I know are effective because they are always sacrificing themselves for the team.

Any good recent books or other reads?

Just finished Schindler’s List. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be an architect. I spent a lot of my youth working at my uncle’s construction sites and have always loved architecture.

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