By Liz Adrian, Army Contracting Command -- Rock Island Public Affairs July 11, 2012
Corey Webb, government property administrator and plant clearance officer, Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility, Anniston, Ala., said his goodbyes to co-workers in Alabama and at Army Contracting Command Rock Island, Ill., June 28 prior to moving to a new position with the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Landing a job with the VA suits the 30-year-old former Marine well. He landed his current job through the Army Materiel Command's Always a Soldier Program.
A contract specialist who has worked at the ANCDF for a little more than six years, Webb lost a portion of a leg while serving his country in Iraq during his first tour of duty.
The Always a Soldier Program is an Army Materiel Command employment initiative that provides employment to veterans who can no longer serve their country in uniform and wish to stay in the fight through employment at AMC.
Webb worked with Steve Clark, then the ASP coordinator, to get a position in AMC.
"Steve made me feel like it was his personal mission to help me start a good career," said Webb. "I learned he was a combat injured veteran himself -- an arm amputee. He was an example of getting on with life and turning life's lemons into lemonade. It was pretty motivating. Without question, the program has brought me to a much better place in my life."
Since beginning his civilian career, Webb has received his undergraduate degree and completed his basic 1102 training. In his government property administrator role, Webb coordinated with the contractor's property management team to make sure that ANCDF's property control system conformed to contract provisions and property regulations.
"The coordination starts at property acquisition and ends with disposition, and of course keeping the ACO (administrative contracting officer) updated along the way," said Webb. "Anniston has always been successful at this because of the hard work and dedication from our contractor's property folks."
According to ACC-RI leadership, Webb has been a valuable employee because of the good work he has done and his enthusiasm.
"Corey has proven himself to be an energetic and effective employee, providing excellent performance not only at Anniston but also at other chemical demilitarization sites," said Marshall Collins, chief, ACC-RI's Baseline Incineration Branch. "Corey exemplifies the intent of the Always a Soldier Program, which provides a hand-up, not a hand-out. His commitment to being a team player and his focus on successful outcomes magnified is contributions."
From his perspective, Webb said his job was easy due to great leadership and a high-performing team.
"Any job can be done correctly when a person has those things," said Webb. "As far as what drives me personally, the support in creating new ways of doing things has gone a long way. When you have someone pushing you to live up to certain standards it keeps you active."
Webb said he gained a thorough understanding what teamwork means during his time at Anniston.
"It was a real development opportunity for me," he said. "The challenges have helped me to stretch and grow personally and professionally, but only because of the people I work with. This office is full of really smart people I've gotten to know over the last five-six years. I'll look back on my time here as a very meaningful experience."
In keeping with the spirit of camaraderie that the ANCDF Field Office is known for, Webb and his wife, Haley, were given a farewell luncheon on June 20 to show appreciation for his dedication to mission execution where he was presented with the ACC-RI executive director's coin for his many contributions toward the project's success.