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, Jason Theriault shares his story.
My name is Jason Theriault, and this is “My DCMA.”
I am an administrative contracting officer based at DCMA Aircraft Integrated Maintenance Operations Eglin. My job duties include being a contract administrator for four different contractors and an ACO for an Army contract.
I have been a part of the DCMA team for four years. I like working at DCMA because it has allowed me to lay the groundwork for my second career in the 1102 contracting job series. We also have a flexible leadership team that cares about people first.
Since I started working at DCMA, a lot has changed in the way of funding and personnel. We’ve had to find ways to get the job done with fewer people every year. Contract administration has changed and new tools are coming on board to streamline the process. We are in a constant learning cycle that never ends, and we have to make the best business decisions on behalf of the government regardless of what tools or personnel are in place.
DCMA is important to America’s warfighters because we are the honest broker between the supplier and the customer — our warfighters. We ensure the product meets the contractual quality requirements on time and on budget.
As the agency celebrates its 20th anniversary, I am interested and excited to see what the future holds for the new agency-wide leadership development program. There has been an integrated project team working on this project for many months.
One of the great things about working at my contract management office is the people. We have a diverse group of people who always find a way to laugh with each other and keep the environment lively and exciting.
Something unique about me is that I served in the Air Force for 25 1/2 years as a firefighter and retired as the deputy fire chief from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. My career allowed me to see all level of the fire emergency services career field to include headquarter’s level staff positions. My final deployment was as the fire chief at the location I was assigned.
My future career goals include continuing to provide quality contract administration. I want to continue to build my knowledge base so when I am a deputy commander at a CMO, I have the technical knowledge to go along with the leadership aspects.
One of my favorite hobbies is CrossFit. I have been a CrossFit trainer for many years, and I enjoy the second family I have found in the gym. I also like to travel. I have two sons in the military, and I travel to visit them often.
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