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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, Courtney Walker shares her story.
My name is Courtney Walker, and this is “My DCMA.”
I am a contract administrator at DCMA Aircraft Integrated Maintenance Operations in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. My job duties include overseeing contract actions, including Foreign Military Sales contracts, payments and reconciliations. I am also the president of the Employee Activities Committee. I coordinate various events, including our annual Walk for Wellness activities and holiday parties.
I have been a part of the DCMA team for three years. I like working at DCMA because we provide support to our warfighters. I am a helpful person, so I feel completely at home at DCMA supporting our warfighters.
My office is small, and it was great coming to a location with approximately 80 employees after leaving another agency that had more than 6,000 people at the site that I worked at. I like working at DCMA AIMO Oklahoma City because it is a lot more personable, and I do not feel like I get lost in the crowd. I always feel heard, acknowledged and respected. My aspirations are always entertained and supported. I have been able to make friends and find mentors here. Our leadership team is excellent, and I am extremely blessed to be a part of this team.
The agency celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. Twenty years ago, I was in 7th grade. I remember the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. I never thought that 20 years later I would be working within the Department of Defense to support our warfighters.
Since I started working at DCMA, the most obvious change within the agency is the telework policy. The quarantine restrictions have allowed us all to demonstrate our ability to maintain the mission and support our warfighters from remote locations all across the country. I think this has set a precedent for change within the agency and how we will move forward structuring our teams and offices. As the agency moves forward, I hope to see DCMA continue to grow and provide more opportunities for advancement for employees within the agency.
My goal for 2021 is to continue to broaden my skill set and seek out more opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally. My future career goal is to transition into a project management position because I enjoy coordinating events and helping people succeed at their tasks.
My favorite hobbies include swimming, taking hip-hop aerobics classes, hiking, and watching movies. Something unique about me is that I have worked for the federal government since I was 20 years old.
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