USARPAC names EO Soldier of the Year

| February 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Spc. Marcus Fichtl
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command



SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Team Equal Opportunity-Hawaii recognized U.S. Army-Pacific’s EO Soldier of the Year in front of 48 new graduates of the EO Leadership Course, here, Feb. 3.

Sgt. 1st Class Judith Atkinson, EO advisor, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, was named USARPAC’s EO Soldier of the Year.

“We cannot judge character on race, color, gender, religion or national origin,” said Col. La’ Tonya Lynn, commander, 8th MP Bde., and the event’s guest speaker. “We need you to combat the evils of prejudice.”

The EO advisor serves as the brigade commander’s fighter against prejudice and her right-hand on all matters of equality within the unit.

Atkinson has been the 8th MP Bde.’s EO advisor for two years.

Ever humble about her work as the EO advisor, the food services-trained Soldier carries out her duties as she does, because they are what the Army tells her to do. She is not driven by accolades; she simply cares about her Soldiers.

Still, Atkinson’s accolades come because of her sense of duty and her commitment to her Soldiers.

“You are that fellow Soldier, you carry with you the guidon of equality, you stand out in front, and they see what they can become,” Lynn said, about Atkinson. “Many say that the Army is an organization that cannot be changed; it’s bigger than you. They are wrong. You (Sgt. 1st Class Atkinson) will change every Soldier you meet.”

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