Meet Our: Tonya Willis

Published July 3, 2018
Tonya Willis

Tonya Willis is one of the Charleston District's newest contracting specialists who help ensure the work for our projects is paid for and held to the agreed upon contract.

What is your position?
Contract Specialist

Which of our customers do you typically do contracts for?
I typically work on Civil Works and Defense Logistics Agency projects.

What is the most unique thing you bring to the District?

I’ve been in contracting for eight years and have worked at the Europe District, USACE Headquarters, and Humphreys Engineer Center Support Activity. I’m bringing my experience from those organizations to the District.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The best part of my job is knowing that I’m helping make a difference in the area of environmental maintenance, remediation, and protection. Servicing and protecting our beautiful coast means future generations will be able to live and enjoy the area, just as I do. So when you hear the phrase “nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina,” you know it’s true.

Highlight a notable milestone or memory in your career.
The most notable memory in my contracting career was participating in the annual Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise in 2015 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. OCSJX is a joint service, multinational exercise that teaches contracting personnel how to work effectively in a contingency environment. I was able to re-experience being a Soldier by doing weapons training, vehicle roll-over training, and eating MREs (yuck). I made great friends with all the service members and learned that I’m pretty fierce with an M4. This event literally dragged me through the mud and I enjoyed every moment!

What goals do you have for your career at the District?
My goal is to learn and become an expert at Corps contracting. I’d like to be an asset to the District by becoming a Contracting Officer.

What is something most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that I was an Airborne Soldier and that I used to teach hula/Siva Samoa.