News | April 11, 2022

Employee Reflection: Risa Funakoshi

Property Disposal Specialist, Sagami General Depot, Japan

A woman poses with an owl.
DLA Disposition Services Property Disposal Specialist Risa Funakoshi.
A woman poses with an owl.
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DLA Disposition Services Property Disposal Specialist Risa Funakoshi.
Photo By: DLA photo
VIRIN: 220404-D-D0441-200
Describe your job.

I work to provide as many reutilization items as possible to as many various worldwide customers as possible.

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

14 years.

How long have you worked for DLA Disposition Services?

Since December 2017.

Any good memories with DLA Disposition Services?

When I started working as an RTD specialist in 2020, I took and uploaded pictures of some gym equipment, then it was requested by an overseas customer. I was able to feel the progress, even if it’s coincidence. It was like beginner’s luck for me.

What part of the job gives you satisfaction?

I am satisfied with my supervisors and colleagues. My supervisor evaluated me, then I was able to receive an award for Employee of the Quarter from DLA Disposition Services in 2021. And my colleagues trust me and let me do my job, which makes my customers happy.

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

When I felt demotivated to upload pictures on RTD Web because I didn’t receive many requisitions, one of my colleagues told me keep working that way. He said if you shop online and there is the item I want with a picture or without picture, which would you choose?

What would you say has been your major contributions to your organization this year in your job?

With telework and fewer customers due to the coronavirus, I got some new customers and trained them how to use RTD Web and reutilize from DLA.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

A professional worker for RTD, more knowledgeable, with more customers and more requisitions.

What was your first job?

Waitress for a sushi restaurant.

Who’s your biggest influence?

My mother. 

A woman prepares to strike a Japanese drum.
DLA Disposition Services Property Disposal Specialist Risa Funakoshi.
A woman prepares to strike a Japanese drum.
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DLA Disposition Services Property Disposal Specialist Risa Funakoshi.
Photo By: DLA photo
VIRIN: 220404-D-D0441-100

Any interests outside work?

I do like to play Japanese drums, I started it since I was 12, however, there is no stage performance since COVID-19 spread. Then, these days, I’m really into BTS, it was influence from my daughter, I like spending time with her watching BTS.

Who is your hero?

My dearest daughters and BTS!!