FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii--Master Sgt. Rey H. Ado Jr. was so busy being a professional Soldier and volunteer that he opted out of attending the May 6 Military Awards Luncheon in Maryland where he was to receive the Army Federal Asian Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Service Award.

Sponsored by the Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, the award honors those who supported oversea contingency operations, best displayed the ideals of duty, honor, country, or who best epitomized the core values and the citizen-warrior attributes of their respective military service.

According to his former boss, U.S. Army, Pacific Equal Opportunity Director Lt. Col. Darren Holbrook, Ado took on the Equal Opportunity Advisor position at the 2nd Brigade 25th Stryker Brigade Combat Team 25th Infantry Division as the brigade was gearing up for deployment to Iraq.

"Two months into the deployment, Master Sgt. Ado was the only servicing EOA on Camp Taji, Iraq that supported four separate brigades, to include the Mayor's Cell of over 16,000 servicemembers, civilians and local nationals," Holbrook said.

He added, "His passion and quest for excellence was recognized by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond, Commanding General, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad for his ability to showcase his duties as an EOA."

Department of the Army Headquarters EO Policy Chief Lt. Col. Terrance Sanders said, "Applicants are boarded by a panel of five diverse members. Voting criteria is outlined by a series of varied facets. Master Sgt. Ado from USARPAC was this year's winner because he excelled in all the areas identified in the (judging) criteria.

Among Ado's accomplishments during deployment he conducted the Asian Pacific Islander Ethnic Observance which provided morale, education and entertainment for Camp Taji and six different forward operating bases, joint security sites and patrol bases within the MND- B. Taking the production out to the FOBs allowed those servicemembers and civilians who did not often have the opportunity to enjoy the experiences others did on the main base camps to be included in the celebration.

While deployed, he served as the coordinator and primary instructor of the EO Leaders Course that produced over 350 EO Leaders from many locations in theater to assure that each commander had the resources to maintain a healthy EO climate. Even with the workload that he assumed responsibility for, he was still able to support and mentor over 200 EOL's from over 100 companies, resulting in accurately handled EO issues.

Holbrook said, "Master Sgt. Ado volunteered to be the brigade's Morale, Welfare and Recreation Coordinator. He took the lead and initiative to develop a plan to provide gym equipment for the Soldiers of the Warrior Brigade outside of the FOB. He coordinated and successfully provided complete physical fitness equipment, based on each location's request, for the Warfighters that were located away from the FOB."

Back in the Islands Holbrook said, "Master Sgt. Ado has always been the 'go-to' EOA in Hawaii. If you needed to know something about EOA issues, he was one of the first Soldiers I would ask. He was always willing to help any unit, any Soldier or civilian at any time."

Having fulfilled his three-year EO assignment, Ado has resumed his profession of Medical Lab Technician as the non-commissioned officer in charge of Clinical Pathology at Tripler Army Medical Center.

Ado spends his off-duty time with his family and coaching male, female and co-ed softball teams.

He said, "I offer my services whenever opportunity presents itself to promote teamwork, camaraderie and fitness."

When he isn't spending time with family or coaching, Ado assists with delivering food to the homeless people in Waianae through his church.

Holbrook summed up his feelings about Ado. "He is a great Soldier, a great family man, and a great NCO. It was a pleasure working with him."