The new facility was called the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot. During the 1930s, the Quartermaster outfitted 600,000 members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
In 1986 I became the chief of installation services for the Defense Contract Administration Services Management Area (DCASMA) Philadelphia, which later, like DCASR, was renamed the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA).
I received the Philadelphia Federal Executive Board's 1990 Public Affairs Award for my magazine articles. Writing military journalism and covering stories for the Defense Department in-house magazines helped me become a freelance writer in 1993.
Sponsored by the Philadelphia Federal Executive Board, the radio program aired Sunday mornings on WPEN 950 AM and WMGK 102.5 FM. The half-hour interview program dealt with crime, espionage, terrorism taxes, health, the military and other issues of concern to Philadelphia area residents.
Along with the other members of the production team, I received the Vice President's National Performance Review "Hammer" Award in 1995.
The installation services chief job would later be upgraded several times with increasing responsibility and pay, and I went on to become the command's administrative officer.
Although I did a good bit traveling during those years - to defense contractor plants and military bases in the tri-state area, as well as to cities such as Washington D.C., Boston, Memphis and St. Petersburg, Florida, to name a few - on a normal work day I walked to the Quartermaster. Walking to work most days for more than 25 years was truly a job benefit.