Six DOD Civilian employees representing organizations across the installation have been recognized for their job performance and charity work here and in the local community.
John E. Hall, deputy to the CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, presented the awards Oct. 22 during the inaugural “Celebrating Civilians” luncheon in the Lee Club, which drew a capacity crowd of more than 300 participants.
During the luncheon, Hall affirmed the importance of the work installation civilians do before presenting the honorees with Fort Lee’s Outstanding Civilian Service Award, a DOD civilian employee pin and a one-of-a-kind OCSA coin in a mahogany commemorative box.
The award honors individuals, 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 April and October, by a panel of key leaders.
The recipients and highlights of their exceptional service are as follows:
Dave E. Belle, a Quartermaster School employee with two years of civilian service. He trains more than 7,000 Soldiers a year and serves as an operations and training management specialist. He played a key role in TRADOC’s FY18 accreditation, serving on the tiger team that helped departments prepare for inspection. In his personal life, Bell contributes many volunteer hours to the Ordnance Corps Association, the Fort Lee Retiree Council and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was part of the team that organized this year’s successful Retiree Appreciation Day and Ball. He also raised money for the Ordnance Corps Association memorial, a soon-to-be-installed monument that will recognize the approximate 250 Soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11.
Christy Cato, a CASCOM G3 employee with 20 years of service, manages annual training data; advises all training and doctrine integration directorates; and guides the updating of manning documents and policies. She is known as a strategic thinker with extraordinary attention to detail. In her personal life, Cato has earned certification in multiple medical specialties including CPR, pediatric advance life support and EMT paramedic services, among others. She has used this training to provide emergency medical services for community events and public education in the local area. Also certified to educate, Cato has provided medical specialty training through Southside Virginia, J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler community colleges, VCU’s Center for Trauma and Critical Care Education Program, and many high schools. For the last few years, she has served as CASCOM’s certified point of contact for CPR/AED.
Larry Hill is an Ordnance School employee with 8 years of service. He recently played a key role in re-certification of school accreditation credentials. When a problem with recording and maintaining student scores was revealed, he formulated a corrective plan that was implemented across the division. Hill has great work ethic and a pleasant personality, making him a valuable asset to the workforce. In his personal life, he volunteers with the All Children Equal Academy, a non-profit organization that introduces youngsters in under-served communities to tennis as a way of embracing a healthy lifestyle. He supports weekend tennis clinics, helping to set up the courts, teach safety rules and sign up new players.
Marshall Jones is the deputy to the QM School commandant. He has contributed 16 years of civilian and 21 years of military service. He is the primary advisor for all matters pertaining to resource/budget management, strategic communication and life cycle sustainment for logistics training, education and materiel readiness. During his military service, Jones gained extensive logistical experience at the tactical, operational and strategic levels both home and abroad, performing duties on five of seven continents. In his personal life, Jones is an avid Virginia State University athletic booster club member and a role model leader at Liberty Chapel where he teaches and facilitates Sunday school. Jones has been recognized by the Hopewell School system for providing math instruction to GED students, and in 2015 he received a Presidential Gold Medal for volunteer service to the Fort Lee Religious Support Office and affiliated ministries.
Laura Lacy, an Ord. School employee with four years of civilian service, is a top performer in the Wheel Maintenance Training department and the only female master instructor in the program. She has initiated changes that have resulted in great efficiencies – saving the ODS thousands of dollars in printing and battery costs, helping Soldiers retain more of what they are learning, increasing training aid equipment readiness rates and reducing manpower requirements. In her personal time, Lacy volunteers as the service officer for American Legion Post 002, where she is known as “momma bear” for her big heart and the passion she shows in assisting veterans and their families any time day or night. She also works with local charitable organizations to help shelter and feed veterans in need.
Isael McCall, a Defense Commissary Agency employee with 2 years of civilian service, exemplifies initiative and dedication. He recently assumed the duties of fleet manager due to critical manpower shortages. In this extra role, he manages 248 GSA and DeCA-owned vehicles worldwide. In his personal time, McCall is a community service coordinator with the Richmond chapter of Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit that enriches the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activities. He is also involved with the Tri-Cities Road Runners Club. He co-hosts Tuesday night fun runs, engages in monthly Eagle Awakenings – a casual, non-judgmental forum for veterans to share their concerns – and participates in races throughout the year to raise money for various charitable organizations, including first-responders, breast cancer awareness and the Special Olympics.
The spring 2020 OCSA program will kick off in January with an email to all civilians calling for submissions. Anyone with questions about the award program may contact Carrie Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the CWF and how it supports Fort Lee DOD Civilians, visit www.fortleecwf.com.