By Dani JohnsonApril 26, 2018
FORT LEE, Va. -- The Fort Lee Civilian Welfare Fund (CWF) recognized seven top civilians during the Outstanding Civilian Service Award Ceremony Apr. 25 at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) headquarters.
The award recognized excellence in civilian service who not only excel in their contributions to the civilian workforce and military but in their communities.
"It's always great when we can recognize our civilians," said John Hall, deputy to the commanding general, CASCOM, and award ceremony host. "I'm always amazed with what our people are doing not only at work for our military but outside of work."
The outstanding civilian award program began in January 2015 and the award is given twice a year. According to Barbara Vonada, CWF Chairman, the award is unique to Fort Lee and this year there were 30 submissions.
This year's awardees are:
Carl Brown, Training and Doctrine Integration Directorate, G3/5/7, CASCOM, has 11 years federal civilian service and is considered the "go to" person for data collection and analysis. He is an active member in his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, and volunteers with Quest and River Bend swim teams.
Dora Conwell-Lynwood, 59th Ordnance Brigade, has 10 years federal civilian service and works as a senior supply technician and is described as a self-sufficient, independent worker. She volunteers with the Colonial Heights Food Bank, donates her time to Fresh Start, Richmond, Virginia, which enhances the lives of battered women.
Kevin Gareau, a law enforcement officer, Directorate of Emergency Services/Provost Marshal Office, U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Lee, has 12 years of federal civilian service, and is said to epitomize what a community resource law enforcement officer is by both serving a tactical expert responding to calls for assistance and as a role model for children. In his personal time, he is a lead firearms and driving instructor at the local police academy and makes special efforts to work with children.
Dr. Prabha Gupta, internal medicine physician, Kenner Army Health Clinic (KAHC), has seven years of federal civilian service and not only cares for patients, is active with the clinic's continuing education as a speaker and serves on numerous committees in the clinic. She volunteers with the Southside Virginia Remote Medicine Clinic providing health care to patients that don't have regular care.
Jerry Silva, an administrative assistant, KAHC, has 28 years of federal civilian service and anchors his organization through his knowledge and experience. He volunteers with the Red Cross and numerous programs supporting the homeless. He has deployed in support of numerous hurricane disasters to include hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria recently.
Ronald Sutton, G3/5/7, CASCOM, has eight years as a federal civilian and has significantly shaped the training technology division. He is a board member for Gillhaven Manor, which ensures fair and equal housing for senior citizens. He is activing in numerous organizations supporting children and organizes the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial breakfast celebration. He serves as an advisor to young males attending Virginia Statue University and is an active alumni member.
J.D. Webber, Fort Lee Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) Office, oversees the central intake operations and has 17 years as a federal civilian. She organizes numerous events in the SJA office increasing the morale of the staff. She workings actively with Special Olympics of Virginia and serves as a speaker at the Commonwealth Autism of Virginia events. Webber was not able to attend the ceremony.
The CWF serves more than 5,000 Fort Lee civilians in the workforce through the numerous events across the installation.