DLA Energy employees empowered for success

By Elizabeth Stoeckmann DLA Energy Public Affairs

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The start of a new year is a perfect time to pick up a new skill or two, and thanks to the Defense Logistics Agency Enterprise Rotation Program three DLA Energy employees will get the opportunity while exploring another part of the agency.

After careful consideration, the DLA Executive Resources Board selected Teresa Arthur, Marcus Evans and Patricia Smith, all DLA Energy employees, to spend the next 12 months delving into a new professional endeavor with a personal mentor and targeted training.

In January, Arthur, DLA Energy command protocol officer, will join the DLA Continuous Process Improvement of Religious Supply located in the DLA Chaplain office at the McNamara Headquarters Complex, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

“With my training as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, I will look at the effectiveness and efficiency of the religious supplies ordering process in DLA for the Department of Defense and other federal entities with federally funded chaplain programs,” Arthur said.

Also in January, Evans, DLA Energy Aerospace Energy Supplier Operations division contract specialist in San Antonio, will join DLA Troop Support in Philadelphia as a procurement analyst.

“I am looking forward to participating in the DLA rotation assignment in order to enhance my procurement skills and continue supporting the warfighter,” Evans said.

“Evans has been a huge asset to the Aerospace Energy Supplier Operations division,” said Doug Smith, DLA Energy Aerospace Energy Supplier Operations director. “We are happy he gets this great opportunity to broaden his experience in the agency. Growing our employees is something that is important to us and that is why we are taking the temporary loss of an employee, knowing we will get him back at the end of the one-year ‘deployment’ to leverage his increased experience base. I expect he will grow as an employee and we’ll grow as an organization in the long run.”

In February, Patricia Smith, DLA Energy Bulk Petroleum Supply Chain Services division contract specialist, will join the Acquisition Workforce Development team located at the McNamara Headquarters Complex.

“I am very excited,” Smith said. “I feel that this is an excellent opportunity for me to experience other areas of DLA and gain knowledge that I can share upon completion of the program.”

“Teresa, Marcus and Patricia’s selection for the DLA Enterprise Rotation Program is a milestone in their careers that recognizes their future potential for higher grades and responsibilities,” said DLA Energy Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark McLeod. “We’re very proud of their accomplishments.”

McLeod said from an organizational perspective, the expanded participation in ERP this year was a conscious effort to provide more rotational and career development efforts for DLA Energy employees.  

“When you combine these opportunities with our recently expanded internal rotation program, we now have (multiple) positions in Energy,” he said. “The workforce spoke pretty clearly to us in the last culture climate survey … we should have more rotational programs … and we listened.”       

The rotational assignments are designed to expand an individual’s functional, cross-functional and leadership abilities through on-the-job learning.

According to the program policy, the board’s return-on-investment expectation is for each individual, in collaboration with the employee’s supervisor, to proactively seek opportunities to leverage the knowledge and skills learned in the workplace upon assignment completion.

Feedback will be collected after assignment completion to evaluate individual and agency’s return-on-investment.