Garrison honors exemplary employees
March 29, 2013
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Fifty-three stellar employees received recognition for their performance and the impacts they have made in U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii during an Employee Recognition Program breakfast at the Nehelani, here, Tuesday.
In the company of their co-workers and senior leaders, the employees received praise from Col. Daniel Whitney, commander, USAG-HI, for making a difference.
"You've served above and beyond," Whitney said to the honorees. "Hats off to each and every one of you."
Vanessa Batts, with the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, received an Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. From February 2011 to December 2012, Batts was instrumental in the growth of Outdoor Recreation during Iraq and Afghanistan deployments and redeployments. Her leadership and managerial style tremendously supported Soldiers and their families in Hawaii.
Other honors included Group Awards for the Natural Resource Section and the High Voltage Shop of the Utilities Branch, both within the Directorate of Public Works.
Kapua Kawelo and Michelle Mansker received honors for their management of endemic species of Hawaii, which garnered award recognition at both the Department of the Army and Defense levels.
Garrison Hawaii is now a leader in Natural Resource management.
The eight High Voltage Shop specialists received honors for completing 600 job orders and quick responses to 85 scheduled and unscheduled power outages.
Rounding out the Group Awards, DFMWR's Exceptional Family Member Program, within Army Community Service, recognized seven employees for implementing cost savings and streamlined services.
The employees also expanded support services and increased customer satisfaction by 20 percent.
Before the ERP wrapped up, 23 personnel received certificates of appreciation, and 13 employees received years of service awards that netted "dedication and diligent service" to the federal government.
"We need to continually recognize top-notch employees like these," said Jocelyn Chang-Chuck, chief, Workforce Development Division, Directorate of Human Resources. "We need to show them we appreciate them; they are valuable to us."
Jim Duttweiler, deputy garrison commander, USAG-HI, also recognized the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office; the Directorate of Installation Safety; the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security; and the Directorate of Emergency Services for contributions to the Combined Federal Campaign.