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Work Presents Spirit of Service Awards to 34 Employees

By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 – Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work today honored 34 civilian employees chosen to receive the Spirit of Service Award for outstanding job performance.

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Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work presides over a Public Service Recognition Week ceremony to honor 34 civilians for their contributions to the Defense Department with the Spirit of Service Award at the Pentagon, May 7, 2014. DOD photo by Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler

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The event, held in the Pentagon courtyard as part of Public Service Recognition Week, recognized 34 employees representing the Defense Department, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the services.

“[Defense] Secretary [Chuck} Hagel and I are very well aware of every single thing that this civilian workforce provides to the department and just how important you are in making us the greatest military in the world,” Work said. “We couldn’t be prouder to have you as members of the total workforce.”

When Work served as the Navy’s undersecretary, the work of civilian employees impressed him every day, he said. “I was continually astounded by the patriotism, knowledge and passion of our civilian workforce from the lowest grades to the senior executive service,” he added.

Civilian employees’ sense of mission was keen, Work said, adding that they provide a deep well of institutional knowledge as the grease that keeps DOD working.

“From the bottom of my heart, I have no patience for someone who says to me they think civilians are underworked and overpaid,” the deputy defense secretary said. “I give them a challenge: ‘You come spend one day and try to get that short-fuse tasker out when the boss is [asking], ‘What the heck is going on?’ or putting the finishing touches on a budget that’s been reworked 180 times and [the employee is] working till 11 [p.m.], or toiling in a lab, trying to solve a problem that will help our servicemen and women on the battlefield. At the end of that day, I feel confident they will not think that any longer.”

Work called the 34 civilians “remarkable individuals” who were recognized for what they do beyond what they give the Defense Department every day, and then go home and give more to their communities.

“I can’t imagine another group of 34 folks who represent our DOD workforce better, and have given more to their communities,” he said. “They come from different backgrounds, they have different missions, but are bound together by a common pledge of public service to leave a safer, more prosperous America for future generations.”

The 34 award recipients also are bound by the qualities of selflessness and innovation, Work said. “They display the same giving, selfless spirit beyond the office, and as compassionate volunteers in their communities,” he added.

The DOD honorees are Justin Beasley, Paul Blackwell Jr., David Canada, Gloria Hazelgreen, Gregory Kilchenstein, Clarence Lewis Jr., Michael Schuman and Robert Walker.

Joint Chiefs of Staff award recipients are Herbert Mumford and Penny Powell.

Department of the Army recipients are Christopher Barnes, Vicki Brown, Vivian Collins, Jacqueline Hack, Thomas Jackson, Tony McClure, Jason Trubenbach and Nelson Williams.

Department of the Navy recipients are Evonne Carawan, Karen Foskey, Timothy Jones and David Nugent.

Marine Corps recipients are Rebecca Childress, Mary Hostetter, Regina Michael and Michael Todd.

Department of the Air Force recipients are Juanita Abdo, Ann Belfield, Rebecca Buffalini, Katrina Jones, Tesa Lanoy, Devalee Pridgen-Gattison, Regina Scott, David Thomas.

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