JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington -- The board has convened. The votes are in. And the winners have been selected.

Congratulations to three of Regional Health Command-Pacific's (RHC-P) civilian personnel on being selected the 2017 Civilian Employee of the Year (headquarters level).

Ricardo West, readiness and training specialist (Hawaii), Category III (GS-14 and above, all supervisors and managers)

Earl Kolb, human resources specialist (JBLM), Category II (GS-9 and above)

Jennifer Wright, human resources assistant (JBLM), Category I (GS-8 and below)

The EOY award honors and recognizes civilian employees for their outstanding performance and exemplary service to duty.

According to Kimberly Reinbrecht, chief, RHC-P's Civilian Human Resources, all of the winners are deserving of this recognition.

"Being selected employee of the year is a huge honor, because it recognizes the hard work and dedication to the mission by these outstanding civilian personnel," said Reinbrecht.

Wright, who has been assigned to the RHC-P headquarters since 2016, admitted to being surprised when she found out she was one of three winners.

"I am very surprised and appreciative for the recognition," said Wright. "People notice your hard work even when you don't realize they do, and it feels great to do your best at everything."

Kolb and West echoed similar sentiments.

"It is a great feeling knowing that one's hard work pays off, and being recognized means others notice your hard work," Kolb said.

West said that he was, "Very surprised and appreciative, and had humble feelings for being recognized."

In addition to being named EOY, all three winners received a Commanders Award for Civilian Service and the choice of a $500 monetary award or 16-hour time-off award.

West, Kolb, and Wright will now advance to the next level and compete for the title of RHC-P Civilian Employee of the Year. The winners of that competition will be announced during March 2018.