Hawaii’s DFMWR wins quality of life award

| April 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Dennis K. Bohannon
Army News Service



WASHINGTON — Nine teams and garrisons have earned recognition in the 2010 Secretary of the Army Quality of Life awards, including the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Schofield Barracks.

John McHugh, secretary of the Army, signed certificates that will be presented this month to recognize individuals, commands and team efforts in improving Soldier and family quality of life.

Officials give Superior Quality of Life awards to garrisons for initiatives that can be emulated by installations and commands worldwide. Hawaii’s DFMWR earned the Superior Quality of Life award for a large unit or installation.

It developed the “Blue Star Card,” which provides discounted and free services to help keep family members engaged and entertained throughout their Soldier’s deployment.

The Blue Star Card program has significantly helped ease deployment stress and anxiety for deployed Soldiers and waiting families, officials said.

The DFMWR marketing team, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, also earned the Quality of Life Award for Communication Excellence, which is presented to individuals or commands that have employed new or unique communication efforts. Hawaii’s DFMWR won for creating “Eddie the Eagle” and successfully marketing, promoting and generating interest in family and MWR programs and services.

According to officials, Eddie the Eagle is a highly successful branding technique that embodies the family and MWR mission and goals. The branding significantly supports the garrison’s mission of providing high-quality programs to Soldiers and families.

This year’s competition was open to all commands, service component commands, direct reporting units, National Guard and Reserve units. The awards were progressive in nature, with recognition being given at local, regional and headquarters levels. Finalists from each of the command headquarters levels were forwarded to the Department of the Army level, Feb. 1.

A panel of 10 judges from across the Secretariat and Army staff reviewed and independently ranked each nomination. Panel members assembled Feb. 9, discussed each nomination, averaged their scores and determined winning nominations. The nominations were forwarded to McHugh for confirmation.

Joseph Westphal, under secretary of the Army, will present the awards during the Association of the United States Army Installation Symposium in San Antonio, April 19.


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