SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (Dec. 6, 2013) -- More than 60 distinguished employees received recognition for their performance and the impacts they have made in U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii during the Employee Recognition Program breakfast at the Nehelani, here, Tuesday.

In the company of their co-workers, the employees received praise from USAG-HI directors, among them Dr. Robert (Bob) Stephens, director, Human Resources, who hosted the event.

Three special awards were received by Ferne Conroy, Hank Cashen and Cindy Morita, all with the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Conroy, who works at Army Community Service, received the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. Conroy led the planning and execution of ACS' 48th anniversary celebration, including the unveiling of historical items she found, sought and persuaded others to donate.

"I am a firm believer, that in order for the ACS staff to understand the importance of what we do, we must know the history of ACS from her inception," Conroy explained, afterwards, "then we can truly understand how we have become the organization we are today and plan for the future. In a nutshell, creating the ACS historical wall is my way of educating the community … to understand the evolution of ACS and her importance in supporting the military family."

Cashen received an Individual Award of Excellence, signed by Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, commander, Installation Management Command, for significant accomplishments when he served as the acting director of ACS, as well as the director of the Soldier and Family Assistance Center.

Morita also received an Individual Award of Excellence, signed by Ferriter, for exemplary accomplishments while serving as the manager of the Family Advocacy Program.

"I am really proud to be a part of such a great team that serves our Soldiers and families here in Hawaii and appreciate our commitment is recognized by our Army community," said Morita.

Other honors included certificates of achievement for 10 Directorate of Emergency Services and four FMWR employees. Three DES, four FMWR, one Public Affairs Office and four blue-collar

Directorate of Public Works teams also received group certificates of achievement for notable duties. Three PAO employees received length of service awards, too.

"We need to continually recognize top-notch employees like these," said Jocelyn Chang-Chuck, chief, Workforce Development; Plans, Analysis and Integration Office. "We need to show them we appreciate them; they are valuable to us."

"I am personally honored to have hosted this event for the very best garrison employees in IMCOM," said Stephens. "We could accomplish nothing without the daily, strenuous efforts of all our dedicated teammates through the garrison directorates. All praise goes to them."