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News | Feb. 23, 2022

My DCMA: Air Force Reservist Lt. Col. Robert Harris, government flight representative

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, Air Force Reservist Lt. Col. Robert Harris shares his story.

My name is Lt. Col. Robert Harris, and this is “My DCMA.”

I am a government flight representative for DCMA Aircraft Integrated Maintenance Operations North Texas, but I am based in Denver, Colorado. My job duties include overseeing contractor flight and ground operations in the production and modification for the Air Force Special Operations Command and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

I have been a part of the DCMA team for 13 years. I like working at DCMA because it brings me to the tip of the spear providing warfighters with incredibly capable aircraft to successfully execute their mission. One great thing about working at my location includes the beautiful scenery of the Rocky Mountains.

DCMA is important to America’s warfighters because our aircraft leave my facility and are in a combat environment within 48 hours employing lethality and precision capabilities. I don’t think DCMA has changed much since I started working for the agency. I have had five contract management office commanders, and I have been assigned to three different regions. The names may change, but the efficient model of execution has remained constant and allowed me to perform at a high level without hindrance.

Since the agency celebrated its 20th anniversary two years ago, I am still excited that we continue to have the ability to support our warfighters. I want to continue to support the increase in aircraft production to meet the surging Department of Defense requirements. Personally, 20 years ago I was flying C-130 Hercules aircraft in Alaska and throughout the Pacific while on active duty.

My future career goals include retiring in the next couple of years from the Air Force Reserve. Something unique about me is that I’m 17th generation military. That tradition goes all the way back in my family to include pre-Revolutionary War militia. Both my parents were in the Air Force, one of my grandfathers served in the Navy during World War II and the other grandfather served in the Army during World War I.

My favorite hobbies include coaching youth baseball, travelling and watching college baseball and football.