The Civilian Welfare Fund presented its first Outstanding Civilian Welfare Service Awards Monday to Tonja Ancrum, Defense Commissary Agency; Thomas Loden, U.S. Army garrison; Freddie Storey, Transportation School; Barbara Vonada, Ordnance school; and Rechell Watts, Air Force Training Squadron. (Timothy Trauger, CASCOM, also received the award but is not pictured.) The award was created about a year ago after the Civilian Welfare Fund took a survey and found employees felt civilian recognition should be a priority of the CWF. It then solicited nominations from the workforce and these employees were chosen by a panel of Fort Lee leaders for doing outstanding work. Lionel Campos, deputy chief of staff, Combined Arms Support Command, who presented the awards said, “Your peers are the ones who really think highly of you. This means a lot, when you’ve got your peers nominating you. That they are putting your name in front of folks and telling them you have gone above and beyond what most folks normally would and they wanted to recognize you for it.” The awards will be presented again in October, an email soliciting nominations will be sent out in August. For more information about the program send an email to email@example.com.