DLA Distribution Oklahoma City’s Driskell named GDE: Outstanding Employee with a Disability of the Year

By Brianne M. Bender DLA Distribution Public Affairs

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Lynda Driskell, management analyst, with Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Oklahoma City, Okla., won the Global Distribution Excellence Outstanding Employee with a Disability of the Year. She was hired through the Workforce Recruitment Program for college students with disabilities, and has proven herself as the “go-to” person for last minute assistance with everything from helping with the annual DLA Employee Appreciation Picnic to writing standard operating procedures.

As an individual with disabilities, she feels strongly that practice and perseverance have been the keys to overcoming her limitations. “We can all benefit from developing aspects of ourselves which are out of our comfort zone,” said Driskell.

Driskell viewed the internship as a way to fulfill the passion she’d always had to serve her country and support the Warfighter. Following her internship, she was hired as a full-time DLA Distribution Oklahoma City, Okla., employee. In her current position with the Performance Excellence Office, she works as a training coordinator, while handling duties in preparation for audit readiness and standardization at the site.

“Having completed over 160 new hire orientations and operations trainings, Lynda’s hospitality makes newly-hired and seasoned employees feel welcome as they arrive for classes,” said Ned LaViolette, director of DLA Distribution Oklahoma City.

Additionally, Driskell’s research, communication and training skills, as well as her experience in quality control and cost analysis, allowed for the flexibility needed to move from one area of work to another seamlessly. As an educational psychologist, she is aware of the importance of team members feeling appreciated and useful. She firmly believes that belonging to a group improves morale.

“If morale is high, the DLA mission is enhanced and the Warfighters are optimally supported and served,” said Driskell.