By Stephen Hickok
DCMA Public Affairs
FORT LEE, Va. - Each promotion cycle, the Defense Contract Management Agency Military Personnel Division announces the names of military employees selected for promotion. The lists are short, sometimes one name, but with active duty personnel consisting of less than 5 percent of DCMA’s 11,000 plus workforce, even one selectee is impressive.
Statistically, the agency has filled at or above service averages on 13 officer and enlisted promotion boards, according to DCMA senior enlisted advisor Chief Master Sgt. Michael Mitchell. “Two very impressive three-year statistics are in the highly competitive senior leader categories where the agency promoted 11 Army 0-6s and 15 multiple service E-8s and E-9s,” he said.
The averages go against a common viewpoint that being assigned to a civilian agency can negatively affect promotion. “I’ve encountered those comments on my travels throughout the agency,” said Mitchell. “Department of Defense agencies can have a negative narrative in regards to military member's careers, where promotion decisions are believed to favor members who stay within their Service boundaries.”
Today’s Air Force master sergeant promotion announcement is a perfect example.
“We garnered an 80 percent promotion rate compared to the Air Force average of 23 percent,” said Mitchell. “Such a strong promotion fill rate is a reflection of the quality of military members being assigned to the agency.”
As with each agency promotion announcement, Military Personnel Division director, Air Force Col. Kurt Mencke asks, “Please join me in congratulating DCMA’s newest selectees.”
Tech. Sgt. Armon Parker - DCMA Military Personnel Division
Tech. Sgt. Christofer Curtis - DCMA Bell Helicopter Fort Worth
Tech. Sgt. Anthony Stewart - DCMA Lockheed Martin Fort Worth
Tech. Sgt. John Keen - DCMA Korea
Mitchell served as the senior enlisted advisor for the board that selected the latest Air Force master sergeants. “I saw firsthand as DCMA’s technical Sergeants captured promotion recommendations from the panel,” he said. “If you get the opportunity, congratulate these promotion selects and reflect on the good fortune we all have to serve within this agency.”
Agency promotions for all services are posted on the DCMA homepage under More Stories, and are archived here.
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