ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- An Army Sustainment Command employee received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award here Oct. 31 for his accomplishments from 2007 to 2012 culminating as the executive director of LOGCAP.

Tommy L. Marks, a senior executive service employee and soon-to-be executive director for Acquisition Services, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement, was recognized by D. Scott Welker, ASC deputy to the commander, for his outstanding service and accomplishments in support of LOGCAP.

LOGCAP is an Army program that contracts a broad range of logistics and support services for U.S. and allied forces during wartime, contingency, peacekeeping, humanitarian, and training operations. Since 2002, the program has awarded $50 billion in contracts.

Marks will be moving to his new job in Washington, D.C., with the Department of the Army Headquarters.

The MCSA is the second highest award and medal provided to federal civilian employees.

Marks' first job was at Rock Island Arsenal after he retired with 24 years in the Army as an aviator, including six years deployed in Kuwait.

Marks' display of leadership within his five years working as a civilian has been outstanding, Welker said.

Welker also said Marks has kept a positive attitude. That included not being upset at anybody first thing in the morning, he joked.

"You made it look easy," Welker said, about Marks' leadership skills.

What he will miss the most about RIA, Marks said, will be the 3-mile drive from his house to his parking spot at work.

Marks also said he will be among family with the move out east. He added that he is looking forward to being a full-time grandpa, instead of one over the phone.

Marks added that some of the best job opportunities come when people are not looking for them, and that is how he received his new job in Washington, D.C.

"I just love serving this nation," Marks said in closing.

Marks' last day working at Rock Island Arsenal was Nov. 1.