IMCOM recognizes civilian 'Stalwarts'
April 25, 2011
- Stalwart Awards recognize individuals who distinguish themselves among their peers and supervisors as outstanding Soldiers and Civilians.
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command and Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, recognized nine Army Civilians for exemplary leadership and performance April 20.
The U.S. Army Installation Management Command Stalwart Awards recognize individuals who distinguish themselves among their peers and supervisors as outstanding IMCOM Soldiers and Civilians.
"You all are the future of IMCOM," said Lynch. "You have been recognized by IMCOM leaders as the best of the best."
Lynch, Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment, and IMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Neil Ciotola awarded each Stalwart a medallion during a midday general session at the U.S. Army Installation Management Symposium in San Antonio.
Wanda Stover received the Stalwart Award for the IMCOM Europe Region. Stover, supervisor of the alcohol and drug abuse control program for U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany, was cited for exceeding expectations and striving to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families.
Other nominees from IMCOM-Europe were Ron Joseph, director of human resources, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, and Jan Meert, director, Army Community Service, Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Wiesbaden, Germany.
Dawn Jones, administrative officer for the Camp Humphreys Department of Public Works, received the Stalwart Award for the IMCOM Korea Region. The award cited Jones' high standards and commitment to Soldiers, Civilians and Families.
Also nominated from IMCOM-Korea was James North, supervisor and strategic planning specialist in the USAG Yongsan Plans, Analysis and Integration Office.
Martin Venturo, acting Deputy to the Garrison Commander and director of the Resource Management and Plans, Analysis and Integration offices for Fort Monmouth, N.J., took the Stalwart Award for the IMCOM Northeast Region. Venturo received recognition for his ability and leadership while taking on many additional responsibilities.
Also nominated from IMCOM-Northeast was Carrie Mead, chief of the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office for Detroit Arsenal, Mich. Douglas Farrington, fire inspector for Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., received a posthumous nomination.
Dennis Drake, supervisory public affairs specialist for Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, won the Stalwart Award for the IMCOM Pacific Region. Leadership, resourcefullness, skills and attitude made significant contributions to the garrison's public affairs mission, according to the award citation.
Also nominated from IMCOM-Pacific were Brenda Braswell, supervisor and equal opportunity specialist for USAG Japan, and Michael Meeks, director of public works for Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Leo Stolfi, supervisory emergency services manger for Fort Polk, La., was named Stalwart Award winner for the IMCOM Southeast Region. Stolfi was cited for dedication, perseverance, performance and serving as a role model for others.
Other IMCOM-Southeast nominees were Melinda Jo Berry, budget analyst for the Resource Management Office at Fort Gordon, Ga., and William Leyh, director of plans, training, mobilization and security for Fort Rucker, Ga. Ted Freeman, Army Substance Abuse Program manager for Fort Riley, Kansas, received the Stalwart Award for the IMCOM West Region. Through Freeman's persistence, Fort Riley was the first Army installation to develop a "Save a Soldiers Life" program by installing a computerized DUI simulator. Fort Riley is the only installation to develop a battalion-level breath-testing program.
Also nominated from IMCOM-West were Daniel Dougherty, motor transport officer at Fort Hood, Texas, and Gregory Harrell, supervisor and air traffic control specialist at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
Shaunya Murrill, chief of the Outreach and Strategic Integration Division, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, Alexandria, Va, won the FMWRC Stalwart Award. Murrill made it possible to extend standardized programs and services to Soldiers and Families of the Total Army, both in the communities where they live and to the geographically dispersed.
Pratya Siriwat, operations officer in the U.S. Army Environmental Command Mission Integration Cell won the USAEC Stalwart Award. Siriwat's leadership enabled the successful relocation of the USAEC Headquarters and more than 60 percent of the command's staff from Aberdeen to San Antonio.
Kathy Aydt, chief of strategic communications for IMCOM, received the Stalwart Award for headquarters and region staff. Aydt initiated, spearheaded, and implemented an enterprise-wide campaign that resulted in the creation of a new installation management logo. She works to ensure strategic communications staff members embed imcom values in every message transmitted to internal and external customers, key stakeholders, congress, and the army family.
Also nominated were Jerry Bennett, operations specialist in the Northeast Region Operations Division, Jonathan Hunter, chief of the Southeast Region Installation Support Team at Fort McPherson, Ga., Gordon Hurd, chief of the Budget Execution and Integration Branch for Europe Region, Primasita Seery, supervisory logistics management specialist for the Pacific Region, Jerry Vesey, general engineer for IMCOM West Region.
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