By Navy Lt. Andrew Small
DCMA Lockheed Martin Moorestown
Navy Capt. David Rhone, DCMA Lockheed Martin Moorestown’s commander, thanked Melissa Burgess and Crystal Craddock from DCMA headquarters’ Human Capital directorate, for presenting information to the workforce during the training day held on April 4 in New Jersey. (DCMA photo by Kareem Soto)
Melissa Burgess and Crystal Craddock from DCMA headquarters’ Human Capital directorate, presented information during a recent training event at DCMA Lockheed Martin Moorestown in New Jersey based on topics of interest from a recent command climate survey. (DCMA photo by Kareem Soto)
Defense Contract Management Agency Lockheed Martin Moorestown hosted a training day on April 4 to provide employees an opportunity to learn from agency subject matter experts on a variety of topics based on areas of interest from a recent command climate survey.
“The event not only addressed issues from the survey, but it also tied into the values of the agency, which is to create an agile learning organization and culture that strives to exceed customer expectations by hiring, training, developing and retaining a diverse, motivated and engaged workforce,” said Navy Capt. David Rhone, LM Moorestown’s commander. “This was part of an effort at the agency to make the continuous learning of our workforce not only a priority, but part of our culture.”
The event was also attended by employees from various contract management offices in the surrounding area, including DCMA Boeing, DCMA Navy Special Emphasis Program Office, DCMA Philadelphia and employees from the Defense Contract Audit Agency.
The event was coordinated by Nick Difalco, a management analyst in the mission support office.
“Five of the six presenters came from DCMA’s headquarters and one of the presenters came from DCMA Garden City,” said Difalco. “The training received glowing reviews from the workforce and positive comments and e-mails were sent to the commander.”
Some of the topics discussed included diversity and inclusion, personnel security, employee wellness tips, labor employee relations updates, and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program information. Employees said the training was informative.
“The team that presented not only knew their information well, but they also injected a bit of levity into topics that would have been otherwise dry material,” said Jeff Dorazewski, a program integrator at LM Moorestown. “They shared personal stories, jokes, and showed videos, and all of those items helped to make a solid block of training manageable. I think the biggest success from the training day was the interaction from the crowd.”
Diane Jerman, an engineer at LM Moorestown’s Valley Forge location, said the training emphasized that the agency is committed to taking care of its employees.
“Our training day proved that there is much more to learn after completing mandatory computer-based training,” she said. “Subject matter experts provided a deeper dive into the why and how of some of DCMA’s most important programs such as diversity and inclusion, suicide prevention and the SAPR program.
“These programs affect employees’ lives, both at work and at home. Overall, it was a good day of camaraderie and learning and illustrated how concerned our agency is about taking care of its employees and also our warfighters.”
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