Flying V ceremony recognizes Pacific Region Director for 42 years of civil service

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, commander, Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, presents Natalie D. Zedalis, region director of Installation Management Command-Pacific, with a Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service at her retirement Ceremony, Dec. 11 at Fort Shafter. Zedalis, husband, Ron, stands by. (Photo by Installation Management Command-Pacific Public Affairs)Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, commander, Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, presents Natalie D. Zedalis, region director of Installation Management Command-Pacific, with a Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service at her retirement Ceremony, Dec. 11 at Fort Shafter. Zedalis, husband, Ron, stands by. (Photo by Installation Management Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, commander, Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, presents Natalie D. Zedalis, region director of Installation Management Command-Pacific, with a Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service at her retirement ceremony, Dec. 11, at Fort Shafter. Zedalis’ husband, Ron, stands by. (Photo by Installation Management Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

Larry Reilly
Installation Management Command-Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — A Flying V retirement ceremony was held on Palm Circle, here, Dec. 11, in honor of Debra D. Zedalis, region director, Installation Management Command-Pacific, who retired after more than 42 years as a civil servant.

Debra D. Zedalis, speaks at her retirement ceremony, Dec. 11 at Fort Shafter. A Flying V retirement ceremony was held in her honor. (Photo by Installation Management Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

Debra D. Zedalis, speaks at her retirement ceremony, Dec. 11, at Fort Shafter. A Flying V retirement ceremony was held in her honor. (Photo by Installation Management Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

Zedalis, region director for the past seven years, oversaw the merger of the Korea and Pacific regions in 2011, and the addition of U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein in 2013, doubling the number of garrisons she started with in 2007 from six to 12.

Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, commander, Installation Management Command and assistant chief of staff for Installation Management, hosted the retirement ceremony.

“Ms. Zedalis has positively touched the lives of thousands of people during her 42 years of civil service and she improved the professional development of hundreds of others through the implementation of dozens of professional developments programs geared toward improving the civilian workforce,” Halverson said in his remarks. “Her ability to also engage with senior leaders throughout her tenure in the Pacific has truly helped posture us in the Region for years to come.”

Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, commander, Installation Management Command and chief of staff for Installation management Command, hosts the retirement ceremony for Natalie D. Zedalis, region director of Insallation Management Command-Pacific. (Photo by Installation Management Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

Lt. Gen. David D. Halverson, commander, Installation Management Command and chief of staff for Installation management Command, hosts the retirement ceremony for Natalie D. Zedalis, region director of Insallation Management Command-Pacific. (Photo by Installation Management Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

“She is truly a great example to anyone entering civil service, especially women, that you can achieve the highest levels,” said Halverson. “She started out as a GS-3 with the IRS back in 1972 and is retiring today as a member of the Senior Executive Services branch.”

During the ceremony, Zedalis was presented a number of awards to include the Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the Stalwart Award, and the Certificate of Retirement, but the family members, friends, and fellow civil servants who came to bid her farewell seemed to matter most.

“From the core of my being, thanks be to God for having given me this life, this family, this career with this Army, this place and this time in my life. I am showered every day with the blessings that I do not deserve, and each and every one of you are one of those blessings,” said Zedalis.  “Thank you all so much for coming to my retirement ceremony. I cannot fully express to you how much it means to me to be here with you today.”

The Flying V retirement ceremony formation included the 25th Infantry Division Band and the garrison commanders and command sergeants majors of all the garrisons that make up the Pacific Region.

“A huge thanks to all our garrison leaders on the field and their teams in Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, Korea and Kwajalein. You are great leaders and your teams make a difference every day,” said Zedalis. “IMCOM’s tag line is that IMCOM is ‘The Army’s Home,’ as almost everything that touches a Soldier or a family is done by IMCOM.”

After seven years as the region director and 42 years as a civil servant, a lot of institutional knowledge will be gone but not forgotten with the retirement of Debra Zedalis.

The Flying V retirement ceremony formation for Natalie D. Zedalis, region director of Installation Management Command-Pacific, included the 25th Infantry Division Band, commanders and command sergeants majors of all the garrisons that make up the Pacific Region. (Photo by Installation Management Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

The Flying V retirement ceremony formation for Natalie D. Zedalis, region director of Installation Management Command-Pacific, included the 25th Infantry Division Band, commanders and command sergeants majors of all the garrisons that make up the Pacific Region. (Photo by Installation Management Command-Pacific Public Affairs)

“There is no doubt that when Deb departs the Region for good, a wealth of knowledge and experience will go with her,” said Halverson. “We will miss you, but are very happy for you and your husband Ron, and I know you will keep in contact.”

A receiving line that included nearly all the 200 people in attendance was held after the ceremony.

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