News | Feb. 1, 2018

Lifetime of contracting finishes with service to DCMA

By Elizabeth Szoke DCMA Public Affairs

Timothy Callahan retired from the Defense Contract Management Agency after seven years of service as the executive director for Contracts at a ceremony here Jan. 31.

Callahan served as the principal contracting policy and process advisor to the DCMA director on more than 345,000 active contracts, valued in excess of $2 trillion. He led thousands of the agency’s contracting professional by providing policies and process guidance to help execute procurement actions for agency requirements.

DCMA Director Navy Vice Adm. David Lewis said Callahan had a tremendous responsibility, which he handled with due diligence.

“Everything has to be right because all of this equipment is being delivered to our E-5s and our O-3s in the desert, on the ocean and in flight,” Lewis said. “Tim has been essential in that because he comes with a rich background in contracting, both with his time in the military and industry.”

Callahan spoke about his time as a brand-new Air Force lieutenant when he was first assigned to contracting. “That’s how my career in contracting began 45 years ago, and it’s been great.” Callahan said. “Some would say that it was serendipity or that it was fate. I’d like to say it was divine intervention.”

Prior to his career with DCMA, Callahan served more than 29 years in active military service with the Air Force followed by senior positions with industry.

He spoke highly of the support his wife, Karen, provided throughout the years and he thanked the men and women who work hard every day to uphold the DCMA mission statement.

“For the past seven years, I have had the profound privilege to lead the contracting directorate for the Defense Contract Management Agency,” Callahan said. “helping make sure that we deliver the products and services that our troops need. That's truly something to take pride in."

More photos from the ceremony are available on the DCMA Facebook page.