FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - U.S. Army Pacific held its first Army Civilian Recognition awards program, recognizing civilian service excellence, March 9 at the Hale Ikena Club on Fort Shafter.

Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, USARPAC commander, hosted the sold-out event and recognized civilian employees in nine categories including Emerging Leader of the Year, Team Excellence and Unsung Heroes.

"I want to point out that our civilians take an oath of office with the same provisions as military officers when they enter onto duty with the Department of the Army," Mixon said. "(They) serve to defend our constitution and our nation."

Randal M. Mita, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District, took top honors in the Professional category; Steven Paahana, also from the Corps, was recognized for Trades and Crafts; Marilyn C. Aranca, USARPAC, won for her Administrative Support excellence; Jeffrey A. Havelock was the best Supervisor/ Manager/ Leader of the Year; Reynaldo B. Dalmacio, Jr., also from the Corps, was recognized for Best Emerging Leader; and Coral Pietsch, USARPAC Judge Advocate General was recognized for her Community Service.

The honoree for Team Excellence was Task Force ACENET, a team of 20 individuals, was recognized for its Team Excellence. The group is tasked with improving the Pacific LandWarNet, the Army's portion of the Global Information Grid in the Pacific region.

Eleven individuals, all from USARPAC Headquarters, were honored as Unsung Heroes. They are Donnie Butler, Margo M. Davis, Ray Ezneker, Susan Hamson, William Hansche, Darylyn Kato, Stephen Oertwig, Jennie Rachauskas, Dennis Shimabukuro, Susan Tokoro and Jann Toyama.

Five individuals were recognized for 50 or more years of service. They are Jacqueline Loo, 311th Signal Command (Theater); James Ware, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii; Walter Connell, USARPAC; Bryson Jhung, Installation Management Command, Pacific; and Harry Huyler, USARPAC.