WIESBADEN, Germany - “If you really put your heart into it, you can achieve anything.”
That is how Child and Youth Services Administrative Support Assistant Kevin Whitfield describes his career path with MWR.
“My motto is discipline, consistency and patience. I have a passion for what I do,” said Whitfield, who began working as a child and youth program assistant at age 19 and advanced through the ranks to his current position assisting the CYS coordinator.
Born in Buedingen, Germany, to a U.S. military veteran and German mother, Whitfield said being fluent in German and English has helped in his job. “I spent most of my life here – with the exception of two years with my grandparents in Goldsboro, N.C. I missed Germany and came back” which led to a position with CYS in Wiesbaden.
Now nearly 15 years later, Whitfield said he values the experiences and education he has acquired while working in various positions with CYS in Kaiserslautern and Wiesbaden.
“What’s interesting about this position is the chance to work with so many different aspects of the job … with the garrison and with the team … anything can come in at any time,” he said. “I have a passion for what I do. Being the right hand of the CYS coordinator, I’m basically the go-to guy. … I think that’s the biggest thing – being able to grow my knowledge base of Family and MWR.”
“He has an impeccable work ethic,” said Wiesbaden CYS Coordinator Rashunda Gay. “He’s honest, exceptionally reliable and highly competent … a CYS rock star … the epitome of professionalism. He demonstrates the highest level of customer service -- simply the best.”
“I met Kevin when he was the administrative assistant at the Clay School Age Center,” said CYS Program Operations Specialist Petra Rohr. “He was very knowledgeable of the program there.
“He is efficient, a quick learner, gets along well with people and is always willing to assist,” Rohr added. “Over the years he’s learned about each program – whether it’s dealing with staffing, statistics or payroll.”
Whitfield said working for CYS and MWR has also provided educational opportunities. Over the years he has acquired enhanced leadership skills through the Civilian Education System and has increased his knowledge base and skillset with Early Childhood credentials and training in situational leadership and financial management.
Rohr pointed out that Whitfield is also a proud father who puts family first.
“I’ve been married for six years (to a German elementary school teacher) and have two children. They are my pride and joy,” Whitfield said.
“Working for CYS gives me a sense of job security,” he said. “When it comes to career advancement, CYS has a definite structure … Of course, you have to have a passion for the job.”