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News | Nov. 19, 2019

My DCMA: Gerald Westry, Diversity and Inclusion program manager

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 Gerald Westry.

My name is Gerald Westry, and this is "My DCMA."

I am the Diversity and Inclusion program manager in the Total Force Directorate at DCMA headquarters.

I am responsible for providing the analysis of diversity trends, industry best practices and benchmark studies and reports. I recommend and help implement workforce diversity and inclusion programs, initiatives, concepts and training for all levels of agency employees and supervisors. I also provide guidance to DCMA recruiters on the analysis of affinity groups and Employee Resource Groups. In addition, I provide information to the DCMA director on strategic relationships and partnership activities with colleges and universities and professional organizations.

I have been a part of the DCMA team for a year. Before joining DCMA, I was the chief of Voluntary Services at Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. I retired from the Army in February 2016 as a major where I served as a human resources officer.

I like working here because of the diverse workforce, opportunities and wellness benefits that DCMA offers its employees.

DCMA is important because of its compliance mission for purchasing all of the warfighters' weapons and equipment. As a combat veteran, I see the importance of DCMA and its mission.

My favorite hobby is traveling across the country and globe with my family. My wife and I try to take an international trip with our family every year. Additionally, I am a huge Alabama Crimson Tide football fan — roll tide!

My career goal is to succeed in every position that I hold and to be a lifelong learner.

Something unique about me is that I have a twin brother. I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and he is a Dallas Cowboys fan. We both retired from our first careers in 2016. He retired from the Dallas Police Department in January 2016 and I retired from the Army the next month.