Spotlight on...Kerry L. Luke
May 9, 2013
Kerry K. Luke is a 413th Contracting Support Brigade contract specialist assigned to the Regional Contracting Office -- Hawaii at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Describe your current position.
I just completed my temporary promotion to GS-13, contracting officer and team lead, Contracting Division Alpha, Regional Contracting Office-Hawaii. This opportunity was a result of the team leader volunteering for a temporary assignment to support the 408th CSB in Kuwait. The team's responsibility was mainly to process requirements for Tripler Army Medical Center and various tenant activities for the U.S Army in Hawaii.
In my current capacity as contracting officer, Utilities Privatization Team, I am entrusted with issuing awards and ensuring contract actions are properly executed on behalf of the government, providing support and advising team members, and managing workload assignments and project deadlines.
Describe your passion for the job.
I take great pride and experience a feeling of accomplishment in completing a requirement, resolving problems that arise or assisting an activity in achieving its desired actions.
Where do you call home? Tell us about your family. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Hawaii has always been my home. My wife is a registered nurse. We have a son who is currently in the 10th grade and a daughter in the 5th. They are both involved in many extracurricular activities which keep my wife and me extremely busy, ushering them to and from their functions. In my spare time, I enjoy watching episodes of NCIS, Duck Dynasty, Hawaii 5-0 (both past and present), as well as any Elvis Presley movie.
How does your job support the Soldier?
My job as a contracting officer directly provides Soldiers with services and supplies needed to accomplish their missions. It also provides support services for their families.
What would you like others to know about you?
Being a contracting officer is an extremely challenging position which requires a great deal of knowledge and discipline. But it is also very rewarding, knowing you are supporting Soldiers who are continually engaged in maintaining our freedom and liberty.