Hawaii civilians honored at virtual town hall

| March 11, 2016 | 1 Comment
Lesile Nagamine was named Employee of the Year as Category I employee. She is a budget analyst from 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

Lesile Nagamine was named Employee of the Year as Category I employee. She is a budget analyst from 8th TSC.

Christine Cabalo
Staff Writer

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — The names and faces of the top civilian employees around the Pacific Rim were broadcast around the world during a town hall meeting at the 9th Mission Support Command’s assembly hall, here, Tuesday.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general, U.S. Army, Pacific, bestowed the awards to the Hawaii civilians selected for their excellence in service.

Categories were divided by wage grade and general schedule level, with GS-11 employees and below classified as Category I. Lesile Nagamine, a budget analyst, won as the Category I Employee of the Year.

Two Hawaii civilians were also named as Employee of the First Quarter for their category. Danny Moats, a Force Integration Analyst from U.S. Army-Hawaii, won as the Category I employee. Michael Lawlor, an attorney with USARPAC Staff Judge Advocate, won in Category II.

The virtual conference included a video feed from Army commands in Korea, Japan, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island and Washington, D.C.

After recognizing the employees, Brooks addressed the live and virtual audience about the importance of a well-developed civilian staff. He said his priorities are to hire, recognize and educate the Army’s civilian workforce.

Danny Moats receives his Employee of the Quarter Award from Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general, U.S. Army Pacific. Moats is a force integration analyst from U.S. Army Hawaii.

Danny Moats receives his Employee of the Quarter Award from Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general, U.S. Army Pacific. Moats is a force integration analyst from U.S. Army Hawaii.

Brooks pointed out the need to continue to send out our highly valued civilians for training, even though they are likely the only person or one of two people in a department.

“My response is, invest in our people,” Brooks said. “Take the pain while they are gone in exchange for (them becoming) a better teammate when they return.”

While addressing questions about operations personally, Brooks also stressed the importance of civilian employees and how they are the continuity between rotating service members.

“We need your help to get new commanders up to speed,” he said. “Continue to be excellent.”

 

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  1. Cynthia C Wayts says:

    Danny, we are so very proud of you. I’very always known that you was special. It makes me feel like our family did a little something to help make this country a better place to live. We love you. Mom and Kenneth

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