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News | Dec. 25, 2020

New Mid-America region director reflects on the year that was

By Jeff Landenberger DLA Disposition Services


Mid-America started the year with news that its director, Joe Arnold, would be departing and Kathy Atkins-Nuñez had been selected to take the helm.

Arnold invited Atkins-Nuñez to Mid-America’s leadership summit held in February.

Looking back, Atkins-Nuñez said she was grateful for that opportunity. “I was able to meet the leaders in Mid-America prior to getting the position and that gave me a little edge,” Atkins-Nuñez said.

3 photos placed together, including the Covid-19 virus, trees on fire and a hurricane from space.
The pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes were all challenges that DLA Disposition Services Mid-America helped the nation face.
3 photos placed together, including the Covid-19 virus, trees on fire and a hurricane from space.
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The pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes were all challenges that DLA Disposition Services Mid-America helped the nation face.
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“I was able to become familiar with them, I had been able to talk with them and was able to establish an initial working relationship that was not geo-distance.”

Keeping the workforce and customers safe was the top priority, ensuring masks and other personal protective equipment were worn, following social distancing and other guidelines enabled the Mid-American team to continue operations.   

“We were able to support the warfighter, including a large Army divestiture,” Atkins-Nuñez said. “We were also able to support requests from first responders looking for equipment to fight the wildfires out west and hurricanes in the east.”

Through all of this, Atkins-Nuñez said the Mid-America team remained very flexible. “As the request for equipment to be issued or the amount of property being turned in increased, we would need to recall people to handle the workload.

I just want to thank everyone in Mid-America for taking care of our customers, being flexible, and continuing the mission.   

When asked what challenges may lay ahead she said with so many people teleworking on and off for most of the year, relearning, reengaging and getting back to the normal swing of things will take time.

Looking to next year Atkins-Nuñez said she is looking forward to getting out and visiting the sites of Mid-America and meeting the rest of the team.