Garrison Commander, Colonel Varman Chhoeung recognized Mr. Robert T. Emanuel today for his 38 years of faithful and devoted federal service to the nation. Col. Chhoeung presented Mr. Emanuel with a series of awards highlighting his selfless service and leadership while serving as the Director of the Presidio’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) program.
Mr. Emanuel was presented the Peter F. Isaacs FMWR Lifetime Achievement Award and the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Medal along with lifetime membership to the Presidio of Monterey and an American flag flown at the U.S. Capitol.
“There are two really outstanding qualities about Bob that I want to highlight – his selfless service and his leadership. Most people don’t realize how much of an impact FMWR has across the installation. We see all the various MWR activities like the youth sports programs and the food trucks, but we don’t realize how much work it takes to make that happen,” Chhoeung said. “It’s Bob and the selfless service of the MWR team we have to thank for pulling it all together and really ensuring the highest quality of life for the entire Army community here.”
Mr. Emanuel attributed these qualities to time that he spent earlier in his career working with Peter F. Isaacs. Mr. Isaacs served Army MWR for more than 30 years as a Soldier and civilian employee and left a legacy of achievements that serve as inspiration to all involved within Army FMWR.
The Peter F. Isaacs Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2006 as a tribute to Mr. Isaacs and is periodically awarded to Installation Management Command FMWR professionals in recognition of their commitment to the standards of excellence established by Mr. Isaacs.
“I actually worked with Pete and he had such a positive impact on me. I saw what he was able to accomplish and so I always tried to embody Pete in my work,” Mr. Emanuel said. “He was always so positive and upbeat and I tried to carry that attitude into my career to be successful in supporting MWR’s mission.”
Mr. Emanuel upheld FMWR’s mission to serve the needs, interests, and responsibilities of all people in the Army community and built a FMWR program poised to continue serving that purpose. His unsurpassed professionalism, leadership and vision reflects the highest credit upon himself, the Presidio of Monterey and the U.S. Army and has left a lasting impact on the Presidio.
“You will notice that no matter who you interact with across FMWR, whether it’s at a coffee shop or the community center, they are polite, respectful and helpful. That attitude of selfless service is seen and appreciated, and it is a direct reflection of Bob’s leadership. You just don’t achieve that level of mutual respect and service without Bob’s leadership setting the example first,” Col. Chhoeung said before wishing Mr. Emanuel the best of luck in his retirement.