By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (Select) Scott Wichmann
The challenging, relentlessly high-tempo year-long assignment earned her the job experience to secure a new civilian career after returning home.
Maddox is now a civilian logistics and customer service representative handling logistics for materials imported from Japan, Thailand and Spain via ocean liner, and completes accounting procedures for international customers. She is also responsible for completing and verifying shipping transactions, and paying freight and import charges for international shipments.
“I'm lucky that I'm a logistics specialist in the Navy and I’m lucky to work in logistics in the civilian world as well,” she said. “Things that I learn from the civilian side can always be applied to help me on the military side, and vice versa.”
Now in her eighth year in the Reserve, Maddox is deployed again — this time as a lead fuel accountant for Expeditionary Fuels Detachment, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.3, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Forward, Bahrain.
“It’s my daily job to maintain accountability of all the fuel that we have on hand while working as a contact point between the Defense Logistics Agency and the Navy,” she said.
While acknowledging the difficulties of a dual career, Maddox said the benefits far outweigh the challenges.
“In my eyes, those of us that are Reservists are very fortunate,” she said. “Yes, it can sometimes be difficult to balance both worlds. But when we successfully pull it off, it is the best. It's a wonderful feeling to have two careers you love and can be proud of.”