By Terri StoverFebruary 4, 2020
Country Program Manager Mia Morales is the Security Assistant Command's employee of the quarter for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019. Looking at her extensive workload and outside interests, one can see why she was considered for this honor.
Morales manages 185 foreign military sales cases with a $4.4 billion total case value, while maintaining an average 20 cases in development at any given time. She serves as the country program manager for the Czech Republic, France, Portugal, United Kingdom and Turkey.
"Ms. Morales' work ethic and productivity is second to none," Glenn Lang, chief of the EUCOM division at USASAC, said.
She currently manages four cases on the Combatant Command Priority list and their critical reporting to maintain situational awareness for the agency's leadership.
"Her actions working to provide our foreign partners with capabilities to meet their security needs in balance with the strategic goals set by our National Security Strategy are noteworthy and merit recognition," Lang said.
Morales' favorite thing about working at USASAC is interacting and building relationships with both the security assistant enterprise and international partners.
"I like having a positive impact in helping our partner nations meet their strategic defense goals and priorities," Morale said.
She can also be seen assisting new CPMs. "She makes every effort to develop the skills required for success in navigating the intricate web of case development. She tutors fellow CPMs every day and they seek her out for her knowledge and ability to communicate the right way to accomplish the myriad of tasks required of a CPM," Lang said.
When she is not at USASAC, Morales is a first lieutenant in the Army Reserve where she serves as the operations officer for the 212th Transportation Company based in Chattanooga.
"My favorite hobby is running. I have participated in six Army Ten-Miler runs as well as having ran in over 100 5K, 10K and half marathon events since I started running in 2013. A full marathon is on my bucket list in the near future," Morales said.
Morales has set some goals for her career as well. "I started working at USASAC in May 2010, as a summer hire. My near term goal is to continue to build my FMS knowledge by participating in a rotational assignment at (another security assistance enterprise agency) to help me to become a more rounded CPM. My long term goal is to eventually be a leader within the security assistance enterprise," she said.