Spotlight On...Deborah Doyle
July 15, 2011
Q: Tell us about yourself.
A: I'm Deborah L. Doyle, Special Projects Division Chief (1102). I have 30 years of federal service and have been with ACC 14 months.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like that everyone here understands that this is a team effort and that we need to get this job done to support our warfighters.
Q: Why did you volunteer to serve with the Deployable Cadre Program?
A: I volunteered with the Deployable Cadre Program for the opportunities they offered me. My first thought about deployment was typical of others -- better pay. However, I really like that by deploying I get to directly impact and help the mission get accomplished and that became my key to accepting my position.
Q: Describe a day on the job in the Deployable Cadre Program? How is it different from serving stateside?
A: A day on the job here is not much different from any of the positions I have served in stateside. The biggest difference is not so much in the work (or the workload depending on where you are stateside), but in the external areas. For example -- there are boxes and boxes of water everywhere, in our offices and in other offices and locations. They are there for you to take.
Q: Can you share any unique or interesting experiences you encountered during your deployment?
A: I have only been here a couple of weeks and other than the mass "Starbucks" trend, and the "sand, sand, rocks and more sand"...I really have not had time to encounter anything but the job.
Q: Describe what it is like to serve/work alongside the warfighter, Soldier, etc.
A: For me, having once been a Soldier, I find it different than just in an office of civilians. The Soldiers we work with, as Cadre vs permanent party civilians, appreciate that we DO understand what they are dealing with here in Kuwait. Permanent party civilians live off post, military and Cadre live on post and are only allowed off post for official functions or MWR tours. Basically on this post -- except for the PT requirements, the Cadre are just like the Soldiers - we eat at the DFACs, we use the bus system or our feet to get around, we live in "Compartmentalized Housing Units" or CHUs. We are a part of getting the mission done to ensure the continuity and availability of services required by the warfighters here and downrange, receive the commodities and services they require.
Q: If you can speak directly to warfighter, Soldier, what would you say to them?
A: Thank you
Q: What do you do when you are not working?
A: I utilize the gym, have gone to a movie (they are free here), used the computers at the library, read lots of books and just relax.
Q: What are 5 things you absolutely could not live without while you are deployed? What are some of the things you miss?
A: I don't think there are 5 things, for me. I have always been a heavy water drinker and thankfully they supply water. However, the two areas that I could not live without: the people that run the Cadre (Ms. Dolores Peshoff and Mr. Chris Sluder) -- without which, this would not be possible to maintain and (the main capability I would miss if I did not have it while deployed), is the ability to stay in touch with my family. They supply everything else here. The only two things I have found that I miss are: 1) a bath tub and 2) the ability to just give my family members a hug now and then.
Q: Can we give a shout out to a family member for you?
A: My husband for his understanding that this is something I feel I need to do; my daughter and son-in-law for my sanity; my parents for their support; my son for his service and my aunt for being there when I need her.