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, Pamela Blakely shares her story.
My name is Pamela Blakely, and this is “My DCMA.”
I am a management analyst working in Business Operations at the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Center at DCMA headquarters. My job duties include scheduling assessments and providing mission assistance to the military services and other federal agencies. Our mission is to support the warfighter by assessing DIB compliance and ensuring contractors implement appropriate cybersecurity requirements.
I have been a part of the DCMA team for 10 months and it has been exciting and challenging. I am a proud military spouse of 26 years, and I recently relocated to the Fort Lee area from Fort Drum, New York. I have been a federal employee for 12 years. My background includes working in human resources and healthcare management and administration.
DCMA is important to America’s warfighters because we are the independent eyes and ears of the Department of Defense and its partners. We help to ensure that supplies and services are delivered on time, at projected cost and meet all performance requirements. Our work helps preserve our nation’s freedom.
The biggest change over my 10-months with DCMA has been working from home due to the pandemic. As soon as I was hired, everyone began teleworking. This presented a challenge because DCMA was a brand new organization to me — the majority of my career has been with the Army. I had all of my on-the-job training conducted virtually and telephonically. I am a hands-on and visual learner, so the instructional delivery methods were challenging at first. Despite the hurdles, I was able to pick up on our day-to-day operations fairly quickly.
I like working at DCMA because working here has given me the opportunity to give back to our warfighters who sacrifice so much for us. Just like they have our backs, I like being able to have theirs. Nothing makes me happier than being able to give back to others.
My goal is to come to work every day and perform my duties at the highest level and have fun while doing it. I am dedicated to my job. Once I am given a task, I will not stop until it is completed. I take pride in everything I do, and I want to make sure that my work reflects greatly upon DCMA. I have a passion for excellence, and I am very competitive.
My goals for 2021 include becoming a mentor to incoming personnel and learning new skills and abilities to improve in my current position. My future career goals include continuing to grow within DCMA and mastering all skills related to my position. Whatever the future holds for DCMA, I am glad that I get to be a part of it.
My favorite hobbies include traveling, going to the beach, bowling, and spending time with my family.
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