GROTON, Conn.- Procuring, tracking and receiving supplies is an integral part of any business or organization.
For Submarine Learning Center (SLC) onboard Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London, James Guillory is the supply guru that keeps SLC’s purchasing program on track.
"I oversea everything that we purchase," said Guillory, supervisor, SLC Supply Department. "I’m also the APC [Agency Program Coordinator] which is the coordinator for the purchase card. I make sure that we follow the rules and regulations. "
Guillory, who has been working onboard the base since 2008, is also in charge of training local supply technicians as well as personnel in Kings Bay, Georgia; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Bangor, Washington.
"I supervise those supply [technicians] and they take care of all the training needs for their sites," said Guillory. "I come in and support, I guide them, lead them, I take on a lot of the hard issues that they deal with because it takes away time from their job."
Guillory added he also investigates any problems his technicians come across and helps find solutions for them.
A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Guillory is an ordained minister who also served 20 years in the military as a Navy Storekeeper. He said being a preacher and his background as a former storekeeper has not only helped him with his current job as the SLC Supply Department supervisor, but both roles have also helped him learn how to interact with people.
"Being a leader in the Navy at an early age that helped me become a leader in the church because I knew certain aspects of leadership, certain characteristics of people," said Guillory. "Being a minister I have to have a certain type of character and so I practice to treat people with respect, both at the job and when I’m out of the job."
Helping people is one aspect of his current job Guillory said he likes the most.
"I think my best asset is my customer service because I like to leave my customers happy and satisfied," said Guillory. "I go the extra mile to help them out."
He added that if a person does not know something, he tries to show them the right way to do it.
"I go the extra mile and that’s what I love the best about the job, that I get an opportunity to work with people and do my best for them," said Guillory.
Guillory’s passion for helping others and love of his job is what also led his command to select him as the 2018 Civilian of the Year.
His command described him as a "highly motivated and positive employee who does all he can to ensure great customer service and exudes a ‘can-do’ attitude."
Guillory also procured, tracked and coordinated shipments for more than 600 Navy stock purchases for SLC increasing the command’s overall training capabilities for its personnel.
When he found out he was selected as the SLC Civilian of the Year, Guillory said he was at a loss for words.
"I was extremely shocked. I’ve never won anything as a civilian in almost 11 years so that’s why it shocked me," said Guillory.
Guillory added that he’s grateful for the people he works and has a great team.
"I’ve been places where it didn’t feel like home and maybe a tough place to work but my time here has been great," said Guillory. "The people I work with are great. To me we’re like a family and I think the best part of my job is working with the people I work with. "
The SLC is accountable for all undersea curricula, training delivery methodologies, and for developing and maintaining professional development continuums for all undersea warfare officers and ratings to include Electronics Technician (communications and navigation), Fire Control Technician, Sonar Technician, Machinist's Mate (auxiliary and weapons), Missile Technician and all nuclear training ratings.