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FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 11, 2014) -- Name: Carrie Williams

Hometown: Petersburg

Family: “A brother, a sister, a niece, a nephew and parents, who live with me.”

Job title: Defense Commissary Agency enterprise specialist

Job duties: “Protocol, special projects, point of contact for Plain Language Program, and staffing and coordinating information.”

Years at DeCA/Fort Lee: 13 years

How you got started with the federal government: “I started working as a very naïve student hire at DeCA HQ in 2001.”

Thoughts on your working environment: “My co-workers are like a second family; we care about each other on a personal level, and we pull together like a family to get the work done. Who you work for and with, and your relationship with them, is just as important, if not more so, than the actual work.”

Challenges of your job: “Managing a heavy workload and digging deeply for grace under pressure when we have short suspenses.”

Motivation for job: “I love what I do, and I take my work personally. If my name is attached to a project, I want it done right.”

One thing you can’t live without: “Two things actually: faith and family.”

Dream vacation: “London. I hear the shopping on Portobello Road is very good. Also, I’m a big fan of tea.”

Pet peeves: “The misuse of the reflexive pronoun ‘myself,’ and a messy desk.”

Favorite quote: “‘The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.’ It’s by Samuel Johnson (1709-1784). It reminds me what really matters in life – how we treat people and our relationships with others.”

Favorite author: “David Sedaris, who wrote ‘Naked, Holidays on Ice,’ ‘Me Talk Pretty One Day,’ and ‘Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.’ His essays are laugh-out-loud funny and a wonderful escape from the drudgery of day-to-day life. I’ve gotten a lot of good one-liners from Garrison Keillor’s books, and I use them shamelessly in conversation as though I had thought of them myself.”

Favorite food: “A good steak from the grill and a side of homemade macaroni and cheese.”

Worst fear: “Public speaking. I’m an introvert.”

Talent: “I am creative, and it finds expression in my home. I’m always painting something and moving the furniture around.”

Hobbies: “Writing.”

A lesson to share: “If you discuss something over the phone, follow up with an email to document the conversation. Keep good records. People seldom talk about organization and preparation, but they are two traits essential to a productive work life.”

Someone you admire: “Queen Elizabeth for her longevity.”

Qualities you admire in others: “Fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Critical thinking skills.”

What do you expect from your leaders? “The ability to make a decision. There’s nothing quite so demotivating as a leader who dithers.”

Something people would be surprised to know about you: “Nothing really. I am an open book, and very predictable.”

Future aspirations: “Write a book.”