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Defense Civilians Recognized for Superior Achievement

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2005 – Nine Defense Department civilian employees were honored for superior achievement at a Nov. 16 Pentagon award ceremony hosted by acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England.

Eight civilian employees received the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the highest DoD award bestowed annually to a select few for their significant devotion to duty and contributions. The ceremony also featured the first award of the new David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Service Award.

England praised DoD's civilian work force during his remarks at the Pentagon award ceremony.

"Without the people behind the lines, the people on the front lines can't do their jobs," England said. "This is really about our military and our civilian people working together to serve America and protect freedom and liberty."

The DCSA 2005 awardees were:

  • William B. Black Jr., deputy director of the National Security Agency;
  • Anne Rathmell Davis, special assistant to the secretary of the Navy for Base Realignment and Closure 2005 and deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for infrastructure, strategy and analysis;
  • George A. Graf, director of information technology, 66th Military Intelligence Group, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command;
  • John P. McLaurin III, deputy assistant secretary for human resources, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs;
  • Janet C. Menig, deputy assistant chief of staff for installation management, Department of the Army;
  • William R. Molzahn, deputy general counsel, Department of the Navy;
  • Joseph R. Nogueira, director, force planning division, Office of the Director, program analysis and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and
  • Allan R. Somoroff, deputy commander Naval Air Systems Command, Department of the Navy.

David G. Radcliffe, the southern Africa regional director for the undersecretary of defense for policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, received the David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration Award. Cooke award recipients have demonstrated great leadership potential as a future federal executive, officials said.

Radcliffe recalled meeting Cooke in the Pentagon in the late 1990s. Cooke, who had served for years as the Pentagon's chief administrator until his June 2002 death after a car accident, was known as the "Mayor of the Pentagon."

"He was a tremendous man and I'm just so touched and honored to have been selected as the first recipient of the 'Doc' Cooke award," Radcliffe said.

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