News | June 7, 2022

Employee Reflections: Dan Daniels

DLA Disposition Services San Antonio

Profession: Property Disposal Specialist

Dan Daniels, disposition services representative at
DLA Disposition Services San Antonio, Texas. Sits at his desk.
Dan Daniels
Dan Daniels, disposition services representative at DLA Disposition Services San Antonio, Texas
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VIRIN: 220515-D-DO441-1778
  Describe your job in a sentence or two. What do you do specifically?

I am a Disposition Service Representative serving as a front-line customer service specialists to the US Warfighter. The most visible disposal presence for DLA Disposition Services customers. I provide in most cases on-the-spot resolutions to most questions and issues.    

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

I have 24 years of federal serves.

How long have you worked for DLA Disposition Services?

16 years

What is your favorite memory with DLA Disposition Services?

Working with the DLA DS Tiger Team long term storage project in Columbus Ohio. That facility manages demil B&Q supply items to provide reutilization opportunities to authorized DoD and non-DoD customers, including Foreign Military Sales customers, law enforcement agencies, and firefighters.

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

The unbelievable amount of teamwork, cohesion and unified to the mission of supporting the war fighter, led by outstanding leadership.

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

Creating a strong foundation. Meaning once you have a steady footing no one can stop you from your goals.

What kind(s) of training and education helps your work performance in your current role?

8 years USMC, 1-year Coastal Carolina Community College, 2 years Albany Technical College, 57 years School of Hard Knock Life.

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

Working well with this team, resolving customer issues, catching troubled property before it comes into warehouse, helping customers fix 1348s on the spot, print out supporting documentation for customer turn ins, give DLA DS turn-in process classes, researching property for customer, clearing between 1000 to 1500 ETIDs weekly and taking pictures for RTD customers.

If you could speak directly to the warfighters you support, what would you tell them?

Thank you for your service and I am proud to support all you do.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Financially free, still learning growing hopefully moving up the DLA ladder of success.

Tell us something that most people might not know about you or your directorate?

My wife and I are therapeutic foster parents, we have fostered over 50+ children since 2004. We have five kids to include an adopted medically fragile child who was able to accompany use to Japan when I had a 3-year break from DLA to the Department of the Navy, where he graduated and is living a successful life. This is a calling that we truly enjoy doing.

What is your best memory of working here?

Living the Aloha life in Hawaii…   

 What was your first job?

Burger King

Who’s your biggest influence?

Master Gunnery Sergeant Charles Thomas

Name your favorite/recent book(s) you have read.

Eat for Health by Joel Fuhrman

What are some of your passions outside of work?

Satisfaction of completing a task, team working together.

What is your favorite quote?

"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears"-Nelson Mandela.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A musician, guitarist.

Who is your hero? 

Nelson Mandela

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

FISHING 

What’s the most thrilling/adventurous thing you have ever done?

Hiking Mt Fuji in Japan