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Carlisle Barracks recognizes excellence of civilians, Soldiers at awards ceremony

Members of the U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Officer were recognized by the Army National Military Cemeteries Office for their efforts in media and information planning and execution is support of the Carlisle Barracks Cemetery disinterment project earlier this summer. Earlier this year they received top honors in the website category of the Keith L. Ware Journalism competition.

In a tradition dating back to the earliest days of the Army, Carlisle Barracks took time on Dec.1 to recognize excellence in their ranks at the Installation Quarterly Awards Ceremony.

Hosted by Maj. Gen. John Kem, Commanding General, and 51st Commandant, U.S. Army War College.  He was assisted by the War College Command Sergeant Major, Christopher Martinez; the Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Sally Hannan, and Garrison Command Sergeant Major, Jamie Lethiecq.

“I’ve been at military installations of all sizes from large ones like Fort Bragg to smaller ones like Carlisle Barracks and I can tell you that I’ve never been at a more caring and collaborative places like this one,” said Kem, as he opened the ceremony.  

Recognized at the ceremony were:

Civilian Employee of the Quarter, 3rd Quarter FY 17

Ms. Jacqueline Chicchi, Army Volunteer Coordinator, Information & Referral Program Mgr, and Army Family Action Plan Program Manager, U.S. Army Garrison, Army Community Services. Already locally responsible for three separate and distinct ACS programs: IMCOM G9/ACS, facing large staffing cuts, started using staff in the field to assist with projects, training, and program improvements.  Although this added work for Ms. Chicchi, she was ready, willing, and excited to join the team in making improvements in those programs.  ACS clients routinely compliment her positive attitude, and helpful, friendly personality.

 

 

Civilian Employee of the Year FY 17 and Civilian Employee of the Quarter, 4th Quarter FY 17

Mr. Thomas Vinette, Antiterrorism Officer, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, U.S. Army Garrison.  Vinette performed as Exercise Director for the July 2017 Full Scale Exercise.  He developed the exercise plan, briefed participants, and coordinated a training workshop featuring an external instructor.  Mr. Vinette’s efforts ensured that every organization on Carlisle Barracks participated in this exercise; exceeding all previous full-scale exercise conducted on Carlisle Barracks.  Our Carlisle area community force protection partners all provided feedback declaring this exercise one of the best they had witnessed.

 

 

 

Carlisle Barracks NCO of the Year, FY 17

Staff Sgt. Matthew Rosenkranz, Receiving NCOIC, Defense Distribution Supply Point, Defense Logistics Agency, New Cumberland, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlisle Barracks Soldier of the Year, FY 17

Spc. Daysaundra Price, Religious Affairs Specialist, HHD U.S. Army Garrison Carlisle Barracks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commander’s Award for Civilian Service

Mr. Daniel A. Pinnell, Director Army Strategic Education Program Basic Course, Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College.  Mr. Pinnell’s tireless work ethic and unwavering leadership were instrumental in course planning, coordination, and execution of the first Army Strategic Education Program Basic Course conducted by the Army War College.  Under his leadership, 121 newly appointed one-star generals received exceptional strategic education, in line with the Army Chief of Staff’s guidance and vision.

 

 

 

Achievement Medal for Civilian Service

Mr. Logan D. Shaffer, Security Guard, Department of Emergency Services, USAG Carlisle Barracks, was recognized for his work at the Claremont Road gate the prevented the entry of suspicious vehicle occupants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Victor L Riddick, Supervisory Security Guard, Department of Emergency Services, USAG Carlisle Barracks, was recognized for his efforts as the shift supervisor and ensuring all members of his team met or exceeded standards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security, USAG Carlisle Barracks were recognized with two awards from the Central Pennsylvania Federal Executive Association.

Todd Wheeler received the John C. Goodhart Leadership Award for his innovation in establishing an Installation Operations Center that turned a chaotic reactive section into a high-functioning organization.  His initiatives improved on-time accomplishment of missions and tasks moving the Garrison from having no common operating picture to a daily common operating picture, enabling Garrison leadership to make timely and accurate decisions on operational matters.  

The DPTMS team, Al Marquez, Barry Shughart, Tom Vinette, Todd Wheeler, Julie Teague, Dave Deromedi, Warren Godfrey (deployed) and Skip Brownyard (retired), recived a team award for their planning and execution of yearly emergency management exercises such as antiterrorism, threat reporting, and personal security; all aimed to protect Soldiers, families, the civilian workforce, and local citizens.

 

 

 

Mary Brown, Administrative Support Assistant, Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations, U.S. Army War College, was presented an 8-hour Time Off Award.  In the absence of one of the department's education technicians, she stepped up to work outside her normal job duties to produce educational materials for 380 resident students. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darrell Spoonhour, Biological Science Tech with the Directorate of Public Works, was presented the Commander's Award for Civilian Service for his exceptional service as Cemetery Responsible Official during the preparation and execution of the first Native American Disinterment form the Carlisle Barracks Post Cemetery from May 1, Aug. 15. His teamwork and compassion made an enduring impact for Northern Arapaho families in support of Army National Military Cemeteries.  He proactively prepared the cemetery grounds, expertly emplaces equipment and fencing, and coordinated daily logistical support.

 

 

 

Carol Kerr, Curtis Keester, Robert Martin and Thomas Zimmerman, members of the U.S. Army War College and Carlisle Barracks Public Affairs Officer were recognized by the Army National Military Cemeteries Office for their efforts in media and information planning and execution is support of the Carlisle Barracks Cemetery disinterment project earlier this summer. Earlier this year they received top honors in the website category of the Keith L Ware Journalism competition.