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Civilians honored for service. Two new ‘Garrison Hall of Fame’ members inducted

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May 29, 2014 | Editorial
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By Andy Bird Deputy Garrison Commander
The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood workforce is made up of about 96 percent federal civilian employees and 4 percent military. Every day, we rely on these federal civilian employees to “sustain- support and defend” our community, commonly called III Corps and Fort Hood.

We provide numerous first-class installation services with unsurpassed training, mobilization/demobilization capabilities as one of the Army’s premier power projection platforms for our nation. We provide paramount training resources for our great Soldiers with 90 ranges and training areas that cover about 198,000 acres with the state-of-the-art Live-Virtual and Constructive Training services. We provide the finest Family programs and initiatives to our service members and their Families, while safeguarding our children and our neighborhoods all across post.

We continuously focus on nothing short of superlative sustainment services for over 34- million square feet of buildings and structures in 13 separate housing areas, 72 motor pools, 99 barracks and more than 400 company- to corps-level headquarters. We have a great relationship with our community and our on-post partners (Exchange and Commissary) that deliver vital services to more than 394,000 support populations of retirees, survivors, Soldiers and Family members on and off the Great Place.

As you visit one of our great service areas and talk with one of our excellent installation servicing civilians this week, please pause and take a moment to tell them, “Thanks for all you do in making the Great Place greater.” In this way, you are joining us in celebrating our Public Service Recognition Week by giving thanks to our professional civil servants who give so much to our community and country.

In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, we will host our Quarterly Civilian Employee Recognition and Annual Fort Hood Garrison Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony today at Club Hood at 1:30 p.m.

Last night, we held our Civilian Hall of Fame induction banquet in the Main Ball Room at Club Hood. The guest speaker for the evening was the head coach for the nationally-ranked and perennial power University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team, Coach Pete Fredenburg.

At the banquet, we inducted two very special individuals: Billie Evans and Jaycee Turnquist. Evans, who passed on April 27, 2013, retired in July 2011 as a security specialist who earned numerous awards during her 30-plus years of civil service. Turnquist, who entered civil service after 26 years of active military service, added 18 more years of service to the nation and was instrumental in setting, and enforcing, environmental standards at Fort Hood, which are recognized today as the best in the Army and the best in the Department of Defense.

The Garrison Hall of Fame was established in May 2006 as an official garrison activity. The primary purpose was to organize, create and present a historical lineage of the U.S. Garrison by focusing on outstanding people that have made historic contributions to Fort Hood.

It is a distinctive honor for those professionals within the Garrison community that are in a “retired status,” whether living or deceased, to be immortalized for their momentous dedication in making Fort Hood, what it is today. We have 18 great civilians in our Hall of Fame and this year, we inducted two new members.

Today’s ceremony, with Fort Hood Garrison Commander Col. Matt Elledge as the guest speak, honors not only the Hall of Fame inductees, but also those civilians with more than 30 years of consecutive federal service.

Our federal employees, as servants to the nation, deserve our thanks throughout the year and we invite you to continue honoring them for the work they do each and every day. Without their creativity, hard work and dedicated passion to serve … none of what makes the Great Place great would be possible.

Please join us today in saying, “Thank you for your service” as a demonstration of sincere appreciation for their important contributions and sacrifices, for putting service before self.
 
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