Richmond employee receives September Employee of the Month Award

By Bonnie Koenig DLA Aviation Public Affairs

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Catina Jeffery was honored as Defense Logistics Agency Aviation’s September Employee of the Month during a ceremony at Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, Nov. 5. Jeffery is a supply systems analyst in DLA Aviation’s Business Process Support Directorate.

DLA Aviation Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Allan Day hosted the event.

Jeffery was nominated by her supervisor, Carl Royster, who is the Inventory Management Branch chief in their directorate.

Royster’s nomination stated that even though Jeffrey was a newly hired Business Process Support analyst, she volunteered to work with a team of enterprise order fulfillment experts, excelled in all tasks and was recognized by the team for her high-level output.

He also said Jeffery directly contributed to the diagnosis of primary root-cause issues regarding DLA enterprise blocked stock, she was instrumental in the creation of job aids designed to correct the undesirable conditions; and she properly identified where blocked stock was occurring which was critical in facilitating work assignments to all stakeholders.

Royster said all of her efforts, coupled with the ability to learn quickly and become an expert in record time, enabled her to provide training for over 50 DLA Aviation personnel. He said Jeffrey led the enterprise effort in the reduction of roughly 2,500 national item identification numbers with blocked stock valued at $14.5 million in just a few short weeks. While simultaneously performing her normal duties, Jeffrey also served as the sub-process owner. She continually led the way in coordinating the reduction of Order Fulfillment Interface -18536, outstanding interface documents, from 1,063 to roughly 621 in a three-week period during the months of July and August. This significant accomplishment enabled an out-of-tolerance interface to return to within tolerance, which directly contributes to DLA’s audit readiness goals.

Day presented Jeffrey with a recognition certificate, his commander’s coin, a reserved parking space cover (good for one month), and a time-off award. Jeffery chose the time-off award instead of the ever popular cash reward check for $700.

“I have a whole team of people behind me that I work with who have made this award possible.” She said and added that a DLA Aviation senior leader once told her when she first started to work at DLA Aviation that she didn’t have to know everything, but she did need a network of teammates that pretty much knew everything.

“I have awesome teammates and have had a lot of help along the way. I’m humbled and appreciative of this honor,” Jeffery said.