USARPAC recognition ceremony honors civilian employees

| March 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Kerry Abramson, USAG-HI, receives the award for Employee of the Year, in the Professional category,  during USARPAC’s Army Civilian Recognition Awards ceremony held at the Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter, Feb. 29.

Kerry Abramson, USAG-HI, receives the award for Employee of the Year, in the Professional category, during USARPAC’s Army Civilian Recognition Awards ceremony held at the Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter, Feb. 29. (Marc Parrone | Department of the Army Photo Lab)

Staff Sgt. Cashmere C. Jefferson
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — U.S. Army Pacific held its annual Army­­ Civilian Recognition Awards ceremony at the Hale Ikena, here, Feb. 29.

Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, USARPAC, was the ceremony’s host and keynote speaker and recognized civilian employees in several categories.

Started by former USARPAC commander, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, the event sold out for the second year in a row. Wiercinski promised he would continue recognizing Army civilians for their outstanding dedication to service.

“Over the last 10 years, our civilians have shouldered the weight of our Army while we have been away, and we could not do our jobs without you,” Wiercinski said. “You have been the continuity and the strength of the Pacific, and from all of us in uniform … we thank you.”

At the conclusion of Wiercinski’s keynote address, lunch was served before presenting individual and group awards.

Kerry Abramson, environmental law attorney, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, took top honors and was named Federal Employee of the Year, in the Professional category.

“I am extremely grateful to have been given my award at such a wonderfully organized and choreographed venue,” Abramson said. “Like the rest of the Army civilians, I work hard every day and realize that my efforts act to further the Army’s mission. Having the (USARPAC commanding general) present my award emphasized to me that I am an integral and necessary part of the Army team.”

“You really are incredible people, and ‘unsung heroes’ is a perfect way to describe a well-deserved civilian workforce,” Wiecinski said. “We appreciate what you do every single day. (We appreciate) what you have done, and what you’re going to do in the future as ‘One Team.’”

Army Civilian Recognition Awardees

Kerry Abramson, USAG-HI, Professional
Sharon Cofer, 25th Infantry Division, Supervisor/Manager/Leader
Emily Harrison, 25th ID, Administrative Support
Candace Lotomau, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, Emerging Leader
Clifford Olivera, USACE-HD, Trades and Crafts

Team Excellence Honorees

USARPAC G6 Information Assurance Team
Dave Boucher
Renee Dela Cruz
Una McClenning
Dominic Monteleone
Tom Prest
Jennie Rachauskas
Cory Tomoyasu
Danny Torrez

Unsung Heroes

Russell Dodson, USARPAC Public Affairs
Marie Kennedy, USARPAC G2
John Kurashige, USARPAC G1
Reuben Park, USARPAC G3
Kent Tamai, USACE–HD
Cory Tomoyasu, USARPAC G6

 

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