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By Tonya Johnson
DCMA Public Affairs
My DCMA showcases the Defense Contract Management Agency’s experienced and diverse workforce and highlights what being a part of the national defense team means to them. Today we meet Rosa Medina.
My name is Rosa Medina, and this is “My DCMA” journey.
I am a staff senior quality assurance specialist with the Enterprise Competency Planning Division in the Technical Directorate.
My latest job duties include the identification and analysis of knowledge gaps and training needs for the Quality Assurance technical personnel to prepare them with the competencies necessary to effectively perform their jobs. I also assist training sources on the development of new training and perform assessment of existing training to make sure it still meet the needs and is up to date with the new technology demands. These duties require constant engagement and discussions with subject matter experts and technical personnel at our contract management offices to assure their understanding of quality assurance surveillance activities is performed in accordance with DCMA instructions.
I have been a part of the DCMA team for 17 exciting years. I have not allowed the ocean and continents that separate me physically from the different DCMA locations to limit my engagement. During my career, I have had the opportunity to travel all around the world carrying our DCMA mission with real commitment, from America to Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.
I like working at DCMA because it has provided a variety of opportunities that have directly been linked to my personal experience as a successful employee. My passion for the QA field started as a Keystone Intern at the St. Louis, Missouri, CMO where I became an itinerant QAS certified in the mechanical, electronics, clothes and textiles, power plants and ammunition skill sets.
I also participated in the Tomorrow’s Leaders initiative for three years. Eight years later, I was selected for an assignment as a QAS with DCMA International in Germany. At the end of this tour, I got selected for a promotion as a staff QAS at the DCMA International Directorate at Fort Lee, where I became an advocate for the Pacific and Americas CMOs. I also volunteered for a one-year deployment with the Army with the Joint Theater Services Contracting Command in Qatar and Afghanistan where I served as a quality director.
Throughout this great career, I have had the opportunity to be mentored by extraordinary individuals, which has motivated me to mentor various Keystone interns. What a challenging, but exciting, journey I have had so far, and there’s more to come.
I have been the independent eyes and ears for the Department of Defense and other customers while performing a variety of assigned duties with dedication and commitment during my career with DCMA. I have constantly engaged in communication with procurement/buying activities, program managers, and other DoD agencies to assure technical requirements in contracts are surveilled as required by DoD and DCMA policies and instructions.
I provide actionable acquisition insight to DoD by using all the experience and knowledge I have gained throughout the years to now help prepare our QA technical personnel with the competencies necessary to effectively perform their duties assuring that our ultimate customer, the warfighter, receives the right services and products on time.
DCMA is important to America’s warfighters because we provide great knowledge and expertise that contribute directly to the success of their mission assuring the acquisition of needed services and required products are of high-quality for military readiness.
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