Army Marine Cargo Specialist inspires women to serve, shares Army story

By Julie KelemenMarch 8, 2023

Tanya Leach shares her Army Story and poses with her Civilian Service Commendation Medal at the Port of Beaumont, Texas March 7.
Tanya Leach shares her Army Story and poses with her Civilian Service Commendation Medal at the Port of Beaumont, Texas March 7. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. —Women play vital roles in today’s Army. They serve on the front lines overseas and at home for all missions. They are Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, as well as family members who are all critical members of our Army team.

This week we talked to Tanya Leach, a Marine Cargo Specialist at the Port of Beaumont, Texas. Leach was the first civilian on our staff of more than 345 personnel to earn the title of the 597th Transportation Brigade Civilian of the Quarter.

What are some of your current projects?

I recently taught a class that covered how to stage cargo, and how to build a truck and rail plan for Army cargo specialists and reservists conducting annual training with us.

Where is your hometown?

Right outside of Scott Air Force Base in Bellevue, Il.

What lead you to the position you are in?

I am a retired cargo specialist. I joined the Army for adventure and because I was into health and fitness.

When I got out of the Army, I started a GS position at Scott Air Force Base as a Traffic Management Coordinator. I wanted to keep going, and I enjoyed what I was doing so I jumped at the chance to apply for this job in Beaumont 11 months ago. I also wanted to work somewhere hot where I can ride my motorcycle.

What are you looking forward to this year?

Going to other ports in our area of operations, learning new skills,

What is a work-related accomplishment that you are proud of?

It made me feel confident when the leadership trusted me to run a whole port by myself. I was out there leading and making decisions.

What is a work-related challenge you can share?

Having stevedores on our team helps a lot, but it can be stressful when there are delays. I've learned how to buckle down to prevent delays.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I volunteer in the American Legion on post. It's a great organization. We are raising money and making Easter gift baskets full of candy, toys, coloring books and little things that the kids in the community can enjoy. Our goal is to make 1,000 this year.

The Army is proud of today’s women Soldiers and DA Civilians who serve with distinction and are role models exemplifying our highest values. #GoArmy #Opportunities

The 842nd Transportation Bn. is the gateway for the movement of military cargo through the Gulf Coast and represents the military’s lifeline in supporting the Warfighter at home and abroad. The battalion’s primary mission is to conduct surface deployment and distribution through terminals and facilities on the western Gulf Coast through its four strategic seaports (Beaumont, Port Arthur, Corpus Christi in Tx., and Gulfport, Ms.) to meet the combatant commanders’ objectives.