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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 we meet Aaron Arcé.

My name is Aaron Arcé, and this is “My DCMA.” I am a lead quality assurance specialist at DCMA Orlando in Florida. My job duties include helping to guide and manage a team of 10 quality assurance specialists to perform surveillance on Department of Defense contractors from small start-up businesses to major contractors across central Florida.

DCMA Baltimore employees celebrated a new satellite location in White Marsh, Maryland, on Feb. 23. Defense Contract Audit Agency personnel also work at the site. Representatives from both agencies attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

DCMA Baltimore and DCAA fostered a partnership of two offices in one location to centralize select agency personnel and mission partners. Ten employees from DCMA Baltimore who previously worked at five duty stations are now located in one location to save the agency money.

Navy Capt. Mike Murphy, DCMA Eastern Region's commander, promoted DCMA Atlanta commander Nick Russo, to the rank of Navy captain aboard the USS CONSTITUTION, the oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat, March 30.

Russo was joined by his wife, Rebecca, and their two children, Jacob and Chloe. Russo has led the agency's Atlanta team for two years and will be departing in May for the Pentagon's Navy Acquisition Office.

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DCMA would like to thank Mr. Jay Ipson for serving as the guest speaker for our Holocaust Remembrance Day/Days of Remembrance observance today. Ipson is a Litvak-American Holocaust survivor and co-founder of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond.

When he was just 6-years-old, Ipson and his family were forced into the Kovno Ghetto. One day, when he and his mother were in line to be deported for a concentration camp, they were the only two people spared out of 5,000. After escaping the ghetto with his parents in 1943 just before it was turned into a concentration camp, they hid for nine months in the countryside where they spent six months underground.

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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 we meet Courtney Bieberfeld.

My name is Courtney Bieberfeld, and this is “My DCMA.” I am a quality assurance specialist at DCMA Lockheed Martin Moorestown in New Jersey.

My job duties include executing six surveillance plans. Since I am certified in the quality and electronics’ skillsets, I perform risk-based surveillance in accordance with DCMA policies and customers’ directions.

Congratulations to the Navy and the DCMA Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale team on the successful launch of two unarmed Trident II D5 missiles.

The launches marked the 166th and 167th successful test flights and were a significant contract management milestone for the Sunnyvale team putting to the test experimental instrumentation to measure hardware response, the first flight of new thermal impact protections, and a newly configured reentry body equipment section.

Today we celebrate National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Thank you for your service to the 2.7 million Americans who served in Vietnam!

In this edition of My DCMA, meet Miguel Thomas, a quality assurance specialist with DCMA Santa Ana in Carson, California.

My DCMA: Miguel Thomas

In this edition of My DCMA, meet Miguel Thomas, a quality assurance specialist with DCMA Santa Ana in Carson, California.

Posted by Defense Contract Management Agency on Friday, March 23, 2018

Join the DCMA team! Three opportunities coming up to talk with our recruiters in Texas, Nevada and Colorado.

Hiring Heroes Career Fair
March 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sam Houston Community Center
1395 Chaffee Rd.
Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Women In Aviation
March 22-24
Reno-Sparks Convention Center (booth 736)
4590 South Virginia St.
Reno, Nevada

Bilingual & Diversity Job Fair
April 3, 10 a.m - 3 p.m.
Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S Syracuse St.
Denver, Colorado

DCMA's recruiting team is at the Hyatt Chicago right now, ready to discuss career opportunities at the agency. Stop by and visit if you're in the area, or go to anytime for the latest on openings.

FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Henry Nettey wanted to do more to support his customers in Afghanistan, so he deployed alongside them.

Nettey is a contract administrator at Defense Contract Management Agency Hampton who deployed for five months under the Contingency Response Force program to the Area Support Group’s contracting office at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, from August 2017 to January 2018.

As a hurricane prepares to make landfall, instinct drives residents away from the impending storm. Sometimes the hurricane passes quietly, and sometimes nature unleashes its ferocity, leaving the remaining residents in peril. In these cases, residents often rely on the heroics of strangers for survival. DCMA’s Ryan Maichel is one of those strangers …

To read more, check out the link:

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Congratulations to the seven DCMA employees who graduated this month from the Executive Leadership Program. Front row (from left): Linda DeVance, Heidi Frazier, Natalia Reid and Julius Keys. Back row: Jeff Piecewicz, William Lucas and Nam Nguyen.

The program consisted of four one week training sessions and an eight week developmental assignment, with an emphasis on leading people, leading teams and mentorship.

The Executive Leadership Program is one of many programs that fall under DCMA’s Centralized Development Program. Employees can find information on all the available programs on the Human Capital 360 site (login required) at

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Congratulations to DCMA’s Special Programs Quick Closeout Team for being awarded the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan on Friday. The team piloted new, quick closeout techniques that standardized risk factors and changed the paradigm in how contracts could be closed. This resulted in 4,805 contracts being closed using quick closeout alone and enabled a 32.8 percent improvement in overage contract reduction, creating a positive contract closeout rate and reducing the overage contract backlog. Great job, team.

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When Kyle Carter began mentoring high school engineering students nine years ago, he was eager but somewhat apprehensive.

As a Defense Contract Management Agency quality assurance specialist at DCMA Garden City for the past four years, and an engineering technician working in private industry for 17 years prior to that, Carter knew he had knowledge to share, but he was curious just how receptive the students would be.

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 we meet Miriam Martinez.

My name is Miriam Martinez, and this is “My DCMA.”

I am a lead quality assurance specialist at DCMA St. Petersburg located in Florida, but I am based at a defense contractor, Propper International, in Puerto Rico.

Barbara Runnels knows that teambuilding exercises are important to strengthening her employees’ communication skills.

Runnels, who supervises approximately 50 employees at DCMA Manassas, has been a part of the agency and its predecessors for 35 years. Since she came into her current position in September 2015, she has hosted various events during the year to help her employees bond with one another, use their analytical and problem-solving skills, and learn to think outside of the box, which is important when her contract administrators need to assist their customers.



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On Feb. 5, Navy Vice Adm. David Lewis visited DCMA Orlando to speak at an All Hands meeting. During his trip, he also toured Kaman Precision Products. During the tour, Admiral Lewis received briefings by DCMA employees and contractor personnel.

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On Jan. 30, DCMA Hampton employees celebrated the official occupancy of their new office at Fort Eustis, Va., with a ribbon- cutting event and reception. This move, which includes the entire Contracting organization, is the first part of a two-phase project to relocate 145 contract management office positions currently residing in Hampton onto Fort Eustis.

All CMO employees are scheduled to relocate onto the base in July 2018. A strong partnership between the CMO and DCMA HQ Facilities was key to the success of this project, with special thanks from the CMO to Phyllis Anderson, who works in Facilities, for her exceptional project management.

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Congratulation to Timothy Callahan, DCMA executive director of Contracts, on his retirement. Callahan's seven years with the agency were preceded by time in industry and 29 years with the Air Force.

Read more about the ceremony on our website at

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MESA, Ariz. - Navy Vice Adm. Dave Lewis, DCMA director; Air Force Col. Dave Learned, DCMA Western Region commander; and Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael Mitchell, DCMA senior enlisted advisor, visited the agency's Boeing Mesa and Phoenix offices earlier this month. The trip included a tour of the facility where the newest variant of the Army's AH-64 Apache helicopter and a first-time build of the AH-6i Light Attack helicopter are in production.

The Boeing Mesa stop was the director's 50th contract management office visit since taking command, a significant milestone as he executes his plan to visit all CMOs in his first year as DCMA director. (Photos courtesy of Boeing)

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Tamie Haines knows her job as a contract administrator at DCMA Lockheed Martin Orlando is important.

She also uses her previous and current military experience, including as a recently promoted second lieutenant in the Air National Guard, to help her on the job.

DCMA team members often engage their communities to strengthen local relationships and reinforce their commitment to civic-minded support.

Air Force Col. Owen Stephens, the DCMA Lockheed Martin Fort Worth commander, recently hosted students at the Fort Worth based F-35 facility to inform and inspire America's next generation of leaders.

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