Letterkenny Army Depot awards exceptional employees

By Dorie HeyerSeptember 29, 2023

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Letterkenny Army Depot recognized several outstanding employees at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.

Joleen Payeur-Olsen, chief legal counsel, received the Department of the Army Civilian Service Commendation Medal. Col. Donald Santillo, commander, LEAD, presented Paueur-Olsen with the award in recognition of her dedication, exemplary performance and revolutionary approach to practicing law.

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, presents Joleen Payeur-Olsen, chief legal counsel, with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Commendation Medal during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, presents Joleen Payeur-Olsen, chief legal counsel, with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Commendation Medal during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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Santillo presented Gary Shoop, a planner and estimator in the Strategic Analytics Office, with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Achievement Medal in recognition of being named one of LEAD's Wage Grade employees of the quarter for the third quarter.

With his 23 combined years of service between his time in the Navy and as a Department of the Army Civilian, Shoop consistently demonstrates his commitment to quality, accuracy and efficiency in his work, as well as continuous improvement and customer service.

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, presents Gary Shoop, a planner and estimator in the Strategic Analytics Office, with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Achievement Medal in recognition of being named one of LEAD's Wage Grade employee of the quarter for the third quarter during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
(U.S. Army Photo by Trent Shields)
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, presents Gary Shoop, a planner and estimator in the Strategic Analytics Office, with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Achievement Medal in recognition of being named one of LEAD's Wage Grade employee of the quarter for the third quarter during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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Shoop's electrical estimates contributed to the depot securing the first Signature Modernization Effort workload, Extended Long Range Cannon cables and a complex interservice project to build Navy sponsons. In addition, he designed a detailed process for other estimators and master data personnel to identify critical technical data required to create material masters and production routing.

"I have worked very hard as an estimator for 17 years, winning work for LEAD," Shoop said. "The estimator job was very important to me, and I had always done my utmost to get it right."

Santillo presented Michael Sprenkle, a tools and parts attendant in the Directorate of Supply and Transportation, with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Achievement Medal in recognition of being named one of LEAD's Wage Grade employees of the quarter for the third quarter.

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, presents Michael Sprenkle, a tools and parts attendant in the Directorate of Supply and Transportation, with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Achievement Medal in recognition of being named one of LEAD's Wage Grade employee of the quarter for the third quarter during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
(U.S. Army Photo by Trent Shields)
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, presents Michael Sprenkle, a tools and parts attendant in the Directorate of Supply and Transportation, with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Achievement Medal in recognition of being named one of LEAD's Wage Grade employee of the quarter for the third quarter during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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Sprenkle has served at LEAD for over 11 years. As a tool and parts attendant for the Directorate of Supply and Transportation and subject matter expert for the tool crib, he displays dedication to duty, selfless service, commitment to the mission and passion for his work.

“It is a great honor being selected as employee of the quarter. I do believe the job is a team effort, though; all three tool cribs try to ensure that depot employees have the tools needed to support the mission,” Sprenkle remarked.

Santillo also presented Michael Bard, the Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss Control Officer in the Directorate of Supply and Transportation, with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Achievement Medal in honor of his selection as the General Schedule employee of the quarter for the third quarter.

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, presents Michael Bard, Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss control officer in the Directorate of Supply and Transportation, with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Achievement Medal in honor of his selection as the General Schedule employee of the quarter for the third quarter during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
(U.S. Army Photo by Trent Shields)
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, presents Michael Bard, Financial Liability Investigation of Property Loss control officer in the Directorate of Supply and Transportation, with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Achievement Medal in honor of his selection as the General Schedule employee of the quarter for the third quarter during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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Within the year he has worked at LEAD, he increased efficiency by cutting FLIPL processing time in half, demonstrating his dedication to the mission.

"I love the mission and culture here at Letterkenny Army Depot," Bard said. "I attribute this accomplishment to my focus on supporting our warfighters. It is easy to be motivated by such a noble cause. I am also lucky to have a supportive team and great work environment."

In addition to the employees of the quarter, Santillo also awarded several additional employees for exceptional performance.

Civilian Service Achievement Medal

• Jeremy Johnson

• Michael Rogers

• Matthew Swenson

• Gary Shoop

• Jimmie Killian

• Troy Koons

• Lawrence Flynn

• Richard Piper Jr.

• Kasey McNew

• John Fletcher

• Todd Wigton

• Christopher Miller

• David Olden

• Justin Martz

• Kyle Diffenderfer

• Benito Zurita Jr.

• Jeffrey Davidson

• Derek Alexander

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, and Sgt. Maj. Ekondua Amoke, installation sergeant major, LEAD, present Jeremy Johnson, Michael Rogers, Matthew Swenson, Gary Shoop, Jimmie Killian, Troy Koons, Lawrence Flynn, Richard Piper Jr., Kasey McNew, John Fletcher, Todd Wigton, Christopher Miller, David Olden and Justin Martz with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Achievement Medal during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, and Sgt. Maj. Ekondua Amoke, installation sergeant major, LEAD, present Jeremy Johnson, Michael Rogers, Matthew Swenson, Gary Shoop, Jimmie Killian, Troy Koons, Lawrence Flynn, Richard Piper Jr., Kasey McNew, John Fletcher, Todd Wigton, Christopher Miller, David Olden and Justin Martz with the Department of the Army Civilian Service Achievement Medal during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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Certificate of Achievement

• Sherry Fahrney

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, presents Sherry Fahrney with the Department of the Army Certificate of Achievement during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, presents Sherry Fahrney with the Department of the Army Certificate of Achievement during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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Certificates of Appreciation

• Curtis Ritchey

• Darren Holtry

• Ronald Swope

• Clay Cantrell

• Christopher Struchen

• Tracy Clever

• Keith Mickey

• Camron Day

• Hunter Neil

• Gerald Culbertson

• Terry Farner

• Justin Hoover

• Shaul Graham

• Edward Kester

• Shelton Epperson

• Buddy Swope

• Dwayne Mallast

• Shelly Diehl

• Zachary Blansit

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, and Sgt. Maj. Ekondua Amoke, installation sergeant major, LEAD, present Curtis Ritchey, Darren Holtry, Ronald Swope, Clay Cantrell, Christopher Struchen, Tracy Clever, Keith Mickey, Camron Day, Hunter Neil, Gerald Culbertson, Terry Farner, Justin Hoover, Shaul Graham, Edward Kester, Shelton Epperson, Buddy Swope, Dwayne Mallast, Shelly Diehl and Zachary Blansit with the Department of the Army Certificate of Appreciation during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, and Sgt. Maj. Ekondua Amoke, installation sergeant major, LEAD, present Curtis Ritchey, Darren Holtry, Ronald Swope, Clay Cantrell, Christopher Struchen, Tracy Clever, Keith Mickey, Camron Day, Hunter Neil, Gerald Culbertson, Terry Farner, Justin Hoover, Shaul Graham, Edward Kester, Shelton Epperson, Buddy Swope, Dwayne Mallast, Shelly Diehl and Zachary Blansit with the Department of the Army Certificate of Appreciation during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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Commander’s Coins for Excellence

• Adam Livingston

• Glenn Hoopert

• Dominic Cocco

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.
Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, and Sgt. Maj. Ekondua Amoke, installation sergeant major, LEAD, present Adam Livingston, Glenn Hoopert and Dominic Cocco with Commander's Coins for Excellence during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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Col. Donald Santillo, commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, and Sgt. Maj. Ekondua Amoke, installation sergeant major, LEAD, present Adam Livingston, Glenn Hoopert and Dominic Cocco with Commander's Coins for Excellence during at a town hall held at the depot headquarters Sept. 19.
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Letterkenny Army Depot is the Army’s premier professional organic maintenance facility that provides overhaul, repair and modifications for tactical missile air defense and space systems, power generation equipment and various military vehicles, support systems and protection programs. LEAD is a subordinate of U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command and is the Air and Missile Defense and Long-Range Precision Fires depot, supporting systems for the Department of Defense, foreign partners and industry. Letterkenny Army Depot was established in 1942 and is a government-owned and -operated industrial installation located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

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