Tonga Hackett, CECOM Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILSC)

What's your current duty station and where are you from originally?

Hackett: "Aberdeen Proving Ground, working for the CECOM Supply Chain Management Directorate. I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland."

How long have you been with CECOM? Do you have experience with other commands or as a service member?

Hackett: "I have been with CECOM for 10 years. I started my DA civilian career in Germany under the 235th Base Support Battalion managing the Central Issue Facility in Illesheim, Germany. I transitioned stateside and worked for the Clothing and Heraldry Services Office located at APG (South) in Edgewood, Maryland. There I managed all organizational clothing and equipment for USA Europe region."

What are your main responsibilities? What does a typical workday consist of?

Hackett: "As a Supply Systems Analyst, I manage the entire Depot Maintenance Interservice Agreement (DMISA) workload, to include forecasting and defending all aspects as they pertain to the budget process, for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. I collaborate with all stakeholders to identify, standardize and map processes to improve parts supportability for work performed at Tobyhanna Army Depot. A typical day consists of answering emails, attending meetings and assisting the team with any concerns they encounter with depot maintenance projects or the customers."

What do you enjoy about your work?

Hackett: "I enjoy the interaction between other stakeholders and agencies to ensure we are providing optimal service for our warfighters to defend our great nation."

What advice would you give a civilian who is considering employment with the Army?

Hackett: "If you are seeking a career that challenges you, becoming a DA civilian will grow you mentally and you will see what type of person you really are. You will have a strong sense of honor and get to see what goes into ensuring our great country's safety and pursuit of happiness. That includes work stability as a DA civilian."