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News | Nov. 3, 2017

My DCMA: Alek “Al” Reynolds, quality assurance specialist

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 Alek “Al” Reynolds. 

My name is Alek “Al” Reynolds, and this is My DCMA.

I am a quality assurance specialist with DCMA Atlanta based in Greenville, South Carolina.

My job duties are to ensure that the contractor complies with all of the requirements related to design, manufacturing, repair/overhaul, and modernization of a variety of items. I also develop and implement surveillance plans for multiple suppliers, which include scheduled audits and/or reviews of contractor processes to ensure customer and contractual requirements are met.

As a QAS, I plan and implement an effective risk management program to ensure a successful delivery of the contract and that any remaining risks are mitigated in the government’s best interests. Also, I accept products or technical services and authorize delivery on behalf of the government based on confidence in their conformance to the contract requirements.

I have been a part of DCMA Atlanta for 11 months. The Greenville team embodies diligence and solidarity. We are a goal-oriented team that works meticulously to ensure policy is always a priority, along with customer satisfaction. As a team, we continuously seek opportunities to excel, both professionally and personally. I am fortunate to be a part of an organization where I am able to learn and lead.

I enjoy working at DCMA because I have the opportunity to utilize my experience in maintenance to ensure the best products are given to the warfighter. I enjoy working with other members of the acquisition team, and I frequently work with personnel in manufacturing and contracting. As a current member of the South Carolina Air National Guard, and with my experience in deployed locations, I am fully aware of how important it is for the warfighter to receive a quality product. Therefore, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of the DCMA Atlanta CMO. 

I am the independent eyes and ears for the Department of Defense and other customers because, as a QAS, we are the last line of defense before reaching the warfighter — making sure goods and services meet all contractual obligations. We close the loop in the acquisition process. I provide actionable acquisition insight to DoD.

DCMA is important to America’s warfighters because the agency’s main objective is to deliver products and services of the same uncompromising quality as the dedicated people who use them.