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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, Rebecca Engle shares her story.
My name is Rebecca Engle, and this is “My DCMA.”
I am a management analyst at DCMA Detroit. My job duties include providing support to the contract management office as the acting financial manager, work-life and wellness coordinator, and the employee awards point of contact. I am also the emergency management coordinator for DCMA General Dynamics Land Systems in Lima, Ohio, which is a tertiary command under DCMA Detroit.
I have been a part of the DCMA team for five years. I like working at DCMA because I feel like I can make a difference here. My supervisor allows me to think strategically and focus on long-range improvements to the organization. I feel empowered to do my job and I’m encouraged to think outside the box to improve operations and employee morale.
DCMA is important to America’s warfighters because we help ensure they receive quality products in the field. I think the most important mission someone can have is supporting warfighters, and I will happily continue to do my part for as long as DCMA will have me.
Some of the great things about working at my location include being able to work at the home of the Abrams tank. This allows me to see the entire manufacturing process, which is something I never imagined I would be able to be a part of. Additionally, by working at this relatively small DCMA location, I have been able to develop great working relationships and friendships with my peers while providing support to personnel throughout Ohio and Michigan. While the processes within DCMA constantly evolve, the workforce’s commitment to the mission also continues to improve. The personnel that I have worked with at my CMO, Central Region, and headquarters have become more customer focused while conquering complex challenges.
As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, I realize that we have some tough challenges coming throughout the agency, but I’m excited to see how we overcome those obstacles as a team. I’m looking forward to the technology advancements that will make our lives easier. I hope to see employees become more empowered to complete the mission and take care of the warfighter.
As I reflect on the agency’s anniversary, I also remember where I was 20 years ago. At the time, I was managing a truck stop. This job was an important one in my work history because it forced me to quickly overcome my shyness, and I developed a love for customer service. Since then, I have worked in industry, served in the Army, and provided support to the director of the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center in Massachusetts.
As our agency moves into fiscal year 2021, I’m looking forward to working with my team to further improve the operations at DCMA Detroit while focusing on efficiency and overcoming obstacles as a leaner, more forward-thinking organization. Additionally, I hope to continue to work with the Central Region to develop a non-acquisition training plan for the 0343 management and program analysis career field.
My future career goals include becoming a Mission Support Office chief and possibly working at DCMA headquarters so I can help put the right people together to make improvements for personnel beyond my CMO. Something unique about me is that while I receive standard questions every day, I love the research that comes with the more random questions I receive. I get satisfaction when I find the answers to tough questions or fix complex problems that arise.
My favorite hobbies include reading, writing, doing home improvements and playing with my two fur babies — my dogs, Finn and Bella.
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