Eaton’s Marsena Covington Receives U.S. Military’s Top Civilian Honor

JACKSON, Mich. — Marsena Covington, a local employee of power management company Eaton, received the Defense Logistics Agency’s top civilian vendor-support honor, the Commander’s Choice Award, during a recent ceremony in Fort Belvoir, Va. Covington, DLA account manager for Eaton’s Aerospace Group, was recognized by DLA Aviation for her “dedication and commitment to the DLA mission.” Her award was presented by Navy Vice Admiral Mark Harnitchek, DLA director.


“Earning the DLA’s top civilian honor is an outstanding individual achievement for Marsena that also reflects positively on the support Eaton provides for America’s armed forces,” said Einar Johnson, vice president of customer solutions and services for the Aerospace Group. “Over the years, Eaton and our customers at the DLA have benefited from Marsena’s drive for continuous improvement. We appreciate the many advantages she continues to provide for Eaton and for our customers.”


The Commander’s Choice Award is part of the DLA’s Business Alliance Award and Recognition Program to honor vendors and customers for outstanding performance in areas such as innovation, readiness support and cost savings. Covington’s award nomination states that she “views the Eaton – DLA partnership as a true team, and has worked tirelessly with DLA to promote process improvements and production efficiency.”


The DLA provides nearly 100 percent of the military’s consumable items, such as fuel, uniforms and medical supplies, and more than 85 percent of the military’s spare parts. Qualified vendors must bid for contract awards and are evaluated on their ability to support the DLA’s goals for cost management, quality, on-time delivery, and customer service and responsiveness.


Covington led several initiatives to streamline the contract bidding process that resulted in significant cost and efficiency improvements, as well as an increase in Eaton contract awards. She also established a monthly routine of visiting DLA sites around the U.S. to ensure Eaton’s alignment with customer goals and launched an annual joint-training session for Eaton and DLA employees.


“I am very humbled and honored to receive the Commander’s Choice Award,” said Covington, who is based at Eaton’s aerospace facility in Jackson, Mich. “Supplying the needs of our military is my passion.”

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