By Caroline Williams, Fort Lee Civilian Welfare Fund Council
FORT LEE, Va. – Six Army Civilian employees were recognized for their volunteerism and charity work at Fort Lee and in the local community during recent award ceremonies here.
Maj. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, lauded Pete Adler from the Army Logistics University and Samuel Burns, Ordnance School, at the Oct. 15 town hall meeting in the Lee Theater. John E. Hall, deputy to the CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, presented the remaining awards Wednesday afternoon in the command suite of the CASCOM headquarters building.
All honorees received a certificate of appreciation, a Department of Defense civilian employee pin, a $30 gift card to Boulevard Flowers and a one-of-a-kind Outstanding Civilian Service Award coin in a mahogany commemorative box.
The Fort Lee Civilian Welfare Fund is responsible for the quarterly recognition program and the awards presented.
“You are receiving the best type of recognition,” Hall remarked before his presentation. “You were nominated by your peers and judged by senior leaders on post to be worthy of this honor for the wonderful work you do in your communities.”
The award recipients and highlights of their exceptional service are as follows:
- Adler – Participated in the Eight Days of Hope project following Hurricane Katrina; completed church mission trips to build community support structures in Central America; part of a team that builds wheelchair ramps for wounded warriors.
- Carl Brown, CASCOM – Assists local veterans with applications for disability benefits; served as a team captain for the Prince George Relay for Life; helps with the annual backpack and school supply drives, and the food basket program for local Soldiers and families.
- Burns – Serves as local chairman for Guide Right, a mentorship program for young men; promotes pet adoption through the Virginia Animal Shelter; volunteers for Petersburg Habitat for Humanity home building and repair projects.
- Gerald Fluellen, Network Enterprise Center-Lee – Performs beautification and safety projects at this worksite and contributes to team-building activities.
- Susan Loden, Fort Lee garrison – Started the American Red Cross Youth Leadership Program; serves as a Boy Scout troop leader; holds multiple volunteer positions such as executive board member for the Tri-Cities Habitat for Humanity and recording secretary for the Fort Lee Area Spouse’s Club.
- Cindy Robinson, Defense Contract Management Agency – Teams up with her therapy dog Sadie for regular visits to the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, assisted living facilities in the local area and youth programs for special needs children.
The Outstanding Civilian Service Awards program is the CWF’s response to a 2014 survey of post employees in which the No. 1 request was more recognition for noteworthy achievements. The award honors DOD Civilians, nominated by their peers, who go above and beyond in their work on Fort Lee, and through volunteerism and charitable work within their communities. Six recipients are chosen twice a year, in March and October.
The March 2016 award program will kick off with an email calling for submissions from CWF in mid-December. Primary agency representatives for CWF should forward the information to all DOD Civilians in their respective organizations.
Those with questions can contact their agency representative or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional CWF information, to include a list of agency representatives and all means of support provided to the Fort Lee civilian workforce, can be found at www.leemwr.com/cwf.