By Mr Eric Hortin (NETCOM)March 5, 2012
FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- In a ceremony held in the Greely Hall Auditorium Feb. 22, the Network Enterprise Technology Command revealed its 2011 Civilian of the Year.
Bridy Godwin, an operations research analyst with the command's Resource Management Division, was selected as the 2011 CoY for her work on a six-month project with command-wide impact.
Prior to the announcement, Jerry Proctor, deputy to the commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School, spoke about his experience with his own Civilian of the Month. Proctor spoke of the man who was primarily responsible for guiding him in his current position and continues to guide him.
"He inspires me [at] this very moment," Proctor said. "I dress professionally. I act professionally. I set a standard for my command every day as a senior civilian, because he showed me how to do it."
Proctor also challenged NETCOM's CoMs -- and those in the audience -- to not just strive to be something; but to be someone.
"It's hard choosing civilian of the month because we have so many great civilians here," said Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, NETCOM commanding general. "It is important for us to have mentors and role models, whether you're civilian, noncommissioned officer or officer -- someone you can look up to and someone you can try to follow in the footsteps [of]."
All 12 CoMs for 2011 were awarded the Civilian Achievement Award for their selection as the monthly winners. After the envelope revealed Godwin as the 2011 CoY, she was presented the Superior Civilian Service Award.
Godwin was chosen based on her work on a major project, responsible for developing and validating a standardized global model construct for the small, medium and large Network Enterprise Centers (formerly Directorates of Information Management). Her work helped to increase resources for under-resourced NECs. Even while accepting the award, she focused most of her praise on the numerous coworkers, teams of people and family who supported her efforts during the project.
"Huge thanks to my husband, Chuck, and daughter, Delaney," Godwin said. "They ate spaghetti and take-out for six months while I went through this. You can't do that unless you have that kind of support from home and from all the folks here at NETCOM."
Wrapping up the ceremony, Daniel Bradford, deputy to the commander of NETCOM, spoke about the teamwork and importance of the current workforce.
"Civilians have a long and distinguished history of service to our nation -- dating back to the American Revolution -- and that service continues today," Bradford said. "Each year we meet to honor and recognize our civilians, and it's proper and fitting that we do so. They are truly deserving of such honor, based on their hard work and dedication and making the United States a safer place for all of us."