• Unsung Heroes were recognized during the Annual Civilian Recognition Award Ceremony, April 17 at the Hale Ikena in Hawaii. From left to right: front row: Mary Lou Amos, Maureen Casey, and Kelly Jones. Middle row:  Dominic Monteleone, Bridget Kimura and Timothy Sprintz.  Top row: (filling in for Crista Mack is her husband) Scott Mack  and Dennis Grier.

    Unsung Heroes

    Unsung Heroes were recognized during the Annual Civilian Recognition Award Ceremony, April 17 at the Hale Ikena in Hawaii. From left to right: front row: Mary Lou Amos, Maureen Casey, and Kelly Jones. Middle row: Dominic Monteleone, Bridget Kimura and...

  • U.S. Army Pacific, Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinsk (left) presents "Team Excellence Award" to Michelle Mansker (center) and Kapua Kawelo (right) both from U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Directorate of Public Works. The presentation was part of the Civilian Recognition Award Ceremony held April 17 at the Hale Ikena on Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

    Team Excellence Award

    U.S. Army Pacific, Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinsk (left) presents "Team Excellence Award" to Michelle Mansker (center) and Kapua Kawelo (right) both from U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Directorate of Public Works. The presentation was...

  • U.S. Army Pacific, Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski hosted the annual Civilian Recognition Award Ceremony, April 17 at the Hale Ikena on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Wiercinski recognized Department of the Army Civilians located in Hawaii for their contributions in support of the Army's mission.

    Civilian recognition ceremony

    U.S. Army Pacific, Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski hosted the annual Civilian Recognition Award Ceremony, April 17 at the Hale Ikena on Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Wiercinski recognized Department of the Army Civilians located in Hawaii...

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- U.S. Army Pacific held its annual Army Civilian Recognition award ceremony April 17 at the Hale Ikena, here.

Lt. Gen Francis J. Wiercinski, USARPAC commanding general, served as host and recognized civilian employees in several categories.

"Today we get to honor several tremendous civilian employees," said Wiercinski. "These men and women have been singled out by their peers, not their supervisors, as having done a great job."

Shelly R. Matautia, USARPAC G-6, took top honors in the Professional category; Gareth S. Hashimoto, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii DPW, was recognized for trades and crafts; Charlene C. Rice-Moses, USARPAC G-4, was honored for her administrative support excellence; Gayle Q. Takiguchi, USARPAC G-8, won for best Supervisor/Manager/Leader; and Cary D. Ulman, U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa, was recognized as the Emerging Leader of the Year.

The award for Team Excellence went to the Oahu Army Natural Resource Program team from USAG-HI's DPW. Team was composed of Michelle Mansker and Kapua Kawelo both from USAG Hawaii Directorate of Public Works.

Nine individuals were also recognized as Unsung Heroes. Mary Lou Amos, USARPAC G-1; Maureen E. Casey, USARPAC G-4; Kenneth R. Finchum, 8th Theater Sustainment Command; Dennis Grier, 25th Infantry Division; Kelly J. Jones, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District, Bridget Kimura, USARPAC G-2; Crista M. Mack, 311th Signal Command; Dominic Monteleone, USARPAC G-6 and Timothy J. Sprintz, Installation Management Command, USAG-Pohakuloa were honored for their service in this category.

The final recognition was for a Heroic Act went to James Guenthoer, USAG-P Fire Fighter. Guenthoer was responsible for single-handedly fighting a vehicle fire adjacent to a structure in his local community of Waikea Uka, in Hilo, Hawaii.

"We could not have done what we've done for the last 12 years without our civilian workforce," said Wiercinski. "I saw things in combat down range in places like Afghan and Iraq in caves and places where I would look and see a civilian and say 'how in the world did you get here?' But they are there with us day and night in peace and in war.

"To all our honorees and to our entire civilian workforce, thank you for what you do for us every single day. We don't say it enough."

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