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News | Sept. 29, 2021

My DCMA: Rob McGhee, IT team chief

By Elizabeth Szoke 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, Rob McGhee shares his story.

My name is Rob McGhee, and this is “My DCMA.”

I am the Enterprise Solutions Group team chief with the agency’s Information Technology Directorate located at our headquarters here. My team is responsible for the technical analysis of alternative creation, managing and coordinating cloud service delivery, and onboarding and training for digital services. We also manage ChangeGear, DCMA’s helpdesk ticketing system, and perform problem-management activities for DCMA IT.

I have been a part of the DCMA team for seven years.

I like working at DCMA because I’m able to monitor cutting edge technology and make recommendations that help improve services provided to DCMA customers. I find implementing new technology systems exciting and fulfilling. During the last year, I have been fortunate to be an integral part of the Department of Defense’s email migration, the new virtual private network deployment, and Cloud Based Internet Isolation. I am also part of an agency team looking at new ways to meet the Modernization Analytics Initiative. These projects and solutions increase collaboration capabilities and enhance our more telework-centric environment, while still increasing the security of the DCMA network.

Although I love technology and the implementation, I would have to say one of the things that’s kept me with the agency is the way my leadership trusts, empowers and encourages me to make a meaningful impact to the DCMA IT mission. DCMA is important to the warfighter because we ensure they have the equipment needed to defend our great country. This includes ensuring those tools meet the highest standards to protect the safety of our great women and men in uniform.

I enjoy working at my location because geographic restrains no longer matter. My team is located throughout the country at different DCMA sites, which made the transition to a mostly-telework environment during COVID-19 a non-issue for my team since we already remotely collaborated prior to the pandemic.

In 2021, DCMA IT recently underwent a reorganization that extensively changed the responsibilities for my team. My goal is to successfully transition and train the team to meet their new requirements. I am excited to see systems and tools get developed that will enable DCMA employees to do more work with less frustration because the information they need will be readily available.

My favorite hobbies include bike riding, computers, travel and serving others with my church.

My future careers goals are focused on retirement. During the remainder of my career, I would like to focus on passing my knowledge on to others. I would also like to focus on helping DCMA have a smooth transition to Defense Information Systems Agency-hosted IT services.

Something unique about me is that I took a two year break from DCMA and moved to Haiti to serve as a missionary where I setup a complete network for a University to allow instructors from the U.S., Canada and England to remotely teach classes to university students living in Haiti.

I also served in the Virginia Air National Guard, located at the airport in Richmond, Virginia, as the network manager for the installation 20 years ago.