Employee's admin skills net award
March 21, 2008
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. - Superior organizational skills and administrative abilities paved the way for a Resource Management Directorate secretary to claim a CECOM-level Employee of the Quarter award.
Mary Pat Beehler, [A Tobyhanna resident] who works in the directorate's Manpower and Management Analysis Division, earned the U.S. Army CECOM Life Cycle Management Command Team C4ISR Employee of the Quarter (Junior Category) Award.
Employees of the quarter receive a Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and a $400 Special Act Cash Award.
[Bethlehem resident] Nancy Turha, Budget Division chief, was so impressed with how well the secretary performed daily tasks and her willingness to assume additional responsibilities she nominated Beehler for the award.
"Mary Pat is a dedicated employee whose exemplary work ethic is visible for others to emulate," Turha said. "She is a unique and valued employee who deserves this recognition."
Beehler's duties include reviewing correspondence for procedural and grammatical accuracy, responding to routine and non-technical requests for information, resolving problems associated with administrative and clerical work in the office, and maintaining suspense records on all correspondence and action documents and follow-ups to ensure timely reply or action.
"I was stunned," Beehler said after learning she won the award. "I love my job because it's challenging and rewarding. I'm thankful to everyone for taking the time to recognize the work that I do."
Beehler supports 14 staff members by scheduling meetings, organizing events, and assembling, preparing and submitting travel requests. In addition to entering data into the Automated Time and Attendance and Production System (ATAAPS), she also uses a wide variety of software to send and receive interoffice correspondence, maintain the supervisor's calendar and prepare various documents.
Coworkers claim she is the consummate team member-always willing to assist others within the directorate.
"Mary Pat is always willing to provide assistance to help complete suspenses within divisions other than her own," Turha said, adding that the secretary doesn't hesitate to fill in when someone is absent. "Her top priority is to provide support that allows others to accomplish their mission," said Turha.
The Resource Management director agrees. "Mary Pat is a team player," said Rick Shuleski [an Exeter resident]. "She's always willing to help and never questions a request for assistance--just asks 'what can I do to help' and marches on."
Beehler has worked at the depot for 14 years. She began as a clerk typist, and then worked as an audio visual technician and later as the depot's first female material identifier. Her recent awards include two Special Act Awards in 2007, an Achievement Medal for Civilian Service in 2006, and an On-The-Spot Cash Award, a Time-Off Award and a Special Act Award in 2005.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is the Defense Department's largest center for the repair, overhaul and fabrication of a wide variety of electronics systems and components, from tactical field radios to the ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network. Tobyhanna's missions support all branches of the Armed Forces.
About 5,500 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.
Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command. Headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J., the command's mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control, computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.