DVIDS – News – Fort Campbell to Honor Civilian Workforce with Awards Ceremony

Fort Campbell’s civilian employees are an integral part of the Army’s mission, providing support services and improving the quality of life for Soldiers and families across the installation.

Many of these employees will be recognized for their efforts at 11:30 a.m. May 17 at the Wilson Theater during the 64th Annual Civilian Employee of the Year Awards, “A Red Carpet Affair.”

“The Army civilians who are nominated in each category for Civilian Employee of the Year are our best and brightest,” said Leslie Herlick, Training Program Coordinator, Directorate of Training Integration , Directorate of plans, training, mobilization and security. “The Civilian of the Year program is just one way we can recognize these exceptional members of our team. »

There are 42 individual nominees and four teams competing for the awards, and winners will be honored in each of 11 categories: administrative/specialist; technician; first-line supervisor; disability; leader; trades and crafts A; trades and crafts B; manager; professional/scientific; secretarial/administrative assistant/office worker and team.

The supervisors submitted their nominees to a selection committee, which will choose the winners in each category based on a scoring system.

The committee is made up of union representatives and organizational leaders from across the facility.

“It feels good when an organization sees the things you’ve done collectively with your crew and decides to thank you for it,” said Captain Josh May, supervising firefighter, Emergency Services Branch. “That’s part of the reason you put so much effort into things, and that’s one way of seeing the outcome.”

May was nominated in the Frontline Supervisor category for his work with the Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services. He wanted to support a military installation because of his experience as an Air Force firefighter and has served with FCFES for the past 14 years.

“There’s a lot of paperwork we have to do with performance reports and emails in addition to ongoing calls, which can range from one or two to 20 depending on what’s going on around the post office” , did he declare. “What gives me energy and love for this job is knowing that when someone is going through their darkest hour, I have the opportunity to make their life a little bit better, to reassure or help him when needed.”

Other candidates are working behind the scenes to maintain essential services, such as Lee Woodward, information technology specialist, Regional Network Enterprise Center.

“I’m responsible for providing the network at Fort Campbell and everything people do on their computers has to go through that,” said Woodward, who is nominated in the administration/specialist category. “I don’t fix computers, but I run the network so they can do what they have to do.”

Woodward started working with the RNEC in 2015 after spending a year as a contractor, and before that he served nearly nine years in the military as an information systems operator. He quickly developed a bond with Fort Campbell and wanted to remain involved in the community after leaving the service.

“This is the closest major facility to my family where I grew up in Indiana,” he said. “I happened to be posted here, and my military career allowed me to stay here all the time. I’ve been providing network services for a while for different organizations, and it’s kind of nice to be recognized for what you do.

Jennifer Rasmussen, a locksmith with the Public Works Branch, said she was shocked to receive her own nomination but grateful for the recognition. She has worked with DPW for three years and is responsible for installing many of the locks found in the facility.

“We work with the soldiers on a regular basis and we are their frontline physical security in terms of their work and the way they live in the barracks,” said Rasmussen, who is a Category B nominee for trades and craft. “We’re a little neglected, and people only contact us if they can’t get into a building or whatever, but we work with other stores about as much as we do with soldiers to make sure that security physical is taken. care of.

Rasmussen began practicing locksmithing after 9/11 while her husband was deployed to Afghanistan with the Rakkasan. The two stayed in the area after she left the service, and she jumped at the chance to apply for her current position once it opened.

“We decided to stay here at Fort Campbell and build a life for ourselves, so I’m helping support as best I can,” she said. “I felt like as a civilian I had to do my part, and I feel like the military is part of my life even though I’ve never been on active duty.”

Herlick said the Civilian Employee of the Year awards help the facility attract and retain high-performing employees, as well as the teams that help them support the mission.

“The firefighters I oversee and others who are assigned to the same job as me are the reason I can be successful,” May said. “They take a lot of work and weight off my plate so I can do the things I need to do, but I also give them the time and space to think outside the box. When they succeed, I succeed, and it’s a direct reflection of that.

Date taken: 05.06.2022
Date posted: 05.06.2022 14:41
Story ID: 420168

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