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News | Feb. 12, 2020

My DCMA: David Frank, QA supervisor

By Tonya Johnson DCMA Public Affairs

My DCMA showcases the Defense Contract Management Agency’s experienced and diverse workforce, and highlights what it means to be part of the national defense team. Today we meet David Frank.

My name is David Frank and this is “My DCMA.”

I am a quality assurance supervisor for DCMA Hampton, based at the Defense Supply Center Richmond in Virginia. My job duties include supervising and training 12 non-resident quality assurance specialists who perform oversight at 80 contractor facilities located within a more than 13,000 square-mile area in Virginia and North Carolina.

I have been a part of the DCMA team and its predecessors for 45 years.

As DCMA celebrates its 20th anniversary, I believe that our agency continues to play a big part in ensuring our warfighters are safe and our country remains a great place to live. As we celebrate this milestone, my goals are to ensure that new agency policies are understood by my team members and implemented as required.

Twenty years ago, I was based at Defense Supply Center Richmond working for DCMA. Over the years, I have seen the agency become more people-orientated and policies implemented to provide a better work/life balance.

I like working at DCMA because it is an organization that provides products to the warfighter. I take that responsibility seriously. We, as QA specialists, are the last people that see and touch products before the warfighter receives it. The products that have gone through our oversight process are used, in many cases, in war zones where the items have to perform properly the first time. That is a big responsibility and one that I am grateful to be a part of. Our job is to ensure that products meet contract requirements, and I absolutely love this job because I am a part of ensuring warfighter safety.

My favorite hobby is practicing karate, and I currently teach it two nights per week. I have taught at a community college in Richmond, Virginia, and I still teach at my studio in Quinton, Virginia. I have taught for 21 years now, and I plan to continue for many more years.

My future career goals include continuing to provide guidance and training to QA specialists. DCMA is constantly changing to meet the needs of our customers and I want to help make those changes go well on my team.

Something unique about me is that I am 77 years old, still teaching karate and maintaining my 98-acre farm.

Some of the great things about my location includes working with the people located here in the Richmond office, as well as the contract management office’s other supervisors and team members located throughout Virginia and North Carolina. I also enjoy providing guidance to contractors to make sure they meet contract requirements.