FORT GORDON, Ga. -- John Cardona, a system administrator for the 21st Signal Brigade, National Gateway Center, Fort Detrick, Md., was recently selected as the overall 7th Signal Command (Theater) Civilian of the Year (COY).
Brig. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, commanding general, 7th Signal Command (Theater), officially recognized Cardona and other COY candidates at the 7th Signal Ball held recently at Fort Gordon, Ga.
Cardona received the Commanders Award for Civilian Service, which recognized both his stellar performance as a systems administrator and his approachable manner.
“Mr. Cardona's selection is inspirational to all 7th Signal Command members, Soldiers, Civilians, and contractors,” said Tom Wagner, civilian executive officer at the 21st. “He has shown that through personal drive, individual tenacity, and a genuine concern for the accomplishment of the mission, regardless of the difficulties in the path, it is possible to deliver high quality, protected systems to the Army team.”
Cardona doesn’t take all the credit for his award, he shares it.
“I attribute my success to the synergy created by the work force here at the National Gateway Center,” he said. “All my successes are directly related to the outstanding support and team work from every member of the National Gateway Center. …honestly, everyone here deserves this recognition,” he added.
Cardona has been working for the Army since 2009. He served in the Army from 1994 to 2005, as a 74 Bravo, computer operator/maintainer, which later transitioned to the current 25 Bravo.
In addition to Cardona who represented the 21st Signal Brigade, Civilians of the Year throughout the command were selected for 2010. They are Joshua Kluthe, an information technology specialist at the 7th Signal Command headquarters, Fort Gordon; Daniel Lee, an IT specialist at the 93rd Signal Brigade, Fort Eustis, Va.; and Shawn Anderson, an enterprise email program manager at the 106th Signal Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
About 7th Signal Command (Theater) " 7th Signal Command (Theater), with headquarters at Fort Gordon, Ga., Provides and defends network capabilities and services for Army, Joint, Interagency and Multinational forces in the Western Hemisphere to enable operations and mission command. It provides information technology services that allow customers to connect and collaborate with email, telephones, video teleconferencing, cell phones, Blackberries and web access. The team includes the 21st Signal Brigade, Fort Detrick, Md.; 93rd Signal Brigade, Fort Eustis, Va.; 106th Signal Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.; and, 37 Network Enterprise Center across the United States. 7th Signal Command - One Team, One Network!