JBLM awards ceremony to honor selfless service of civilians
July 30, 2010
By Rick Wood
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Selfless service will be recognized and celebrated when three more names are added to the Civilian Hall of Fame on display at the I Corps Headquarters building Thursday.
Major General John D. Johnson, acting I Corps commanding general, will host the awards event at the American Lake Community Center's Lakeside Lounge.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs spokesperson Brendalyn Carpenter said honoring the civilians who have made a difference is key to a cohesive military community.
"The nominees were selected by command for contributions and service throughout the community," Carpenter said.
The Civilian Hall of Fame was created to recognize and show gratitude to those who have gone above and beyond to support and aid JBLM service members, she said.
"They represent the most giving and supportive people," Carpenter said. "These are community members who show how much they care and put Soldiers first."
Vicky Mohler is being recognized for her tireless efforts founding, managing and promoting Support America's Armed Forces, an organization that supports the health, welfare and morale of deployed troops.
Mohler organized Operation Santa in 2004 to support her son's Marine Corps unit then deployed to Iraq. Since then, she has channeled a self-proclaimed passion for helping others into countless hours volunteering on behalf of Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen downrange.
The 42nd Military Police Brigade nominated Mohler.
Mike Fried volunteers on a full-time basis with the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and supported JBLM Soldiers for more than 13 years.
He mentors S-1 personnel on the functions of the S-1 shop. Fried supports all unit functions and gives sizable contributions so that unit children receive holiday gifts at unit parties.
Fried served with distinction in the Army for more than 40 years and retired as a chief warrant officer 5 in October 1996.
Denise Dhane started "Operation Make a Soldier Smile" with her husband, Col. (Ret.) John Dhane, in 2005.
She organized and sent thousands of care packages to Soldiers deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Dhane also led a campaign to provide returning single Soldiers with welcome home packages.
The 6th MP Group (CID) nominated Dhane.
Since its beginning, 12 members of the civilian community have been added to the Civilian Hall of Fame honor roll.
Nominees are selected by senior I Corps and garrison staff officers and may include business leaders, heads of civic organizations, local government leaders or any individuals who have shown extraordinary support for Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Rick Wood is a reporter with Joint Base Lewis-McChord's week