ARL employees honored for excellence in federal service

May 24, 2013

Story Highlights

  • ARL employees were recently recognized at the 46th Excellence in Federal Career Awards luncheon. Five Silver awards and four Bronze awards were given to ARL employees and teams.
  • The awards program was held in conjunction with Public Service Recognition Week and was attended by nearly 600 federal officials, employees and military service members, and family members and guests from agencies throughout Maryland.

U.S. Army Research Laboratory employees were recently recognized by the Baltimore Federal Executive Board at the 46th Excellence in Federal Career Awards luncheon and ceremony held on May 3 at Martin's West in Baltimore.

The awards program was held in conjunction with Public Service Recognition Week and was attended by nearly 600 federal officials, employees, military service members, family members and guests from agencies throughout Maryland.

Among the attendees were representatives who spoke on behalf of Maryland senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin, who presented letters of recognition to the Gold and Silver award winners.

Overall, 381 Maryland federal employees, project teams and military service members were presented with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for excellence in job performance during 2012.

Five Silver awards and four Bronze awards were presented to ARL employees and teams.

Dr. Betsy Rice, ARL Fellow, won a Silver award for Outstanding Professional (Non- Supervisory) for Technical, Scientific and Program Support.

"While very grateful for receiving the award, I am more thankful for the reasons behind my professional achievements at the lab: Supportive and encouraging supervisors, incredibly talented, smart and personable colleagues, and a core program that allows me to do basic research in very interesting and challenging problems that are not addressed anywhere else. This laboratory has been very good to me, and I am thankful," said Rice.

Larry Burton of ARL's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, who won a Silver Award for Outstanding Professional (Non-Supervisory) for Administrative, Management and Support, said he was honored to even be nominated by ARL for the award as there are so many people within the organization worthy of recognition.

"The fact that I received a Silver award is a true reflection of the quality of the support services across ARL," said Burton.

"As WMRD's associate director for operations, I rely heavily on administrative personnel and specialists associated with facilities, safety, security, logistics and IT. This includes people within WMRD, Laboratory Operations and the Corporate Information Office that do a lot of the heavy lifting in getting things accomplished that reflect positively on me," noted Burton.

Burton said that in an environment where U.S. Army Installation Management Command and U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command resources are dwindling, the load carried by these ARL support services continues to grow and he is thankful for all that they do to allow him to be successful.

Donald Little, WMRD, who won a Silver Award for Outstanding Para-Professional (Non-Supervisory) for Technical, Scientific and Program Support (Individual) was surprised to be considered and nominated for the award and said that it was truly an honor.

"The work I do and have done my entire career supports creating the best possible protection for our Soldiers that put themselves in harm's way to protect the freedoms I enjoy. I find what I do rewarding and when you look at it this way how can you not strive for excellence," said Little.

"The award was presented as an individual achievement but honestly it was anything but, my career achievements are a direct result of the excellent team of people that surround me, I consider it a team achievement. I am surrounded by some of the brightest, sharpest people you can imagine, and being in close proximity to and working with this caliber of hard working, dedicated people daily is very rewarding and truly inspires me to do my very best," Little said.

Glenda Hammell, who is part of the WMRD administrative team that won a Silver award for Outstanding Administrative Work Group or Team, said that for the team to receive an award of this stature comes as a great honor.

"The Weapons and Materials Research Directorate's administrative staff's goal is to have a top level team working for our managers, and in these constantly changing times, good communication is paramount," said Hammell.

"By meeting and discussing new ways to improve our day-to-day processes for our administrative procedures, as well as ensuring a good foundation of understanding of these, it will enable us to work more efficiently. This is especially true for those who are new to the Army, RDECOM, ARL and the directorate," added Hammell.

Silver Awards

Dr. Betsy Rice, ARL Fellow - Outstanding Professional (Non-Supervisory) - Technical, Scientific and Program Support

Larry Burton, WMRD - Outstanding Professional (Non-Supervisory) - Administrative, Management and Support

Donald Little, WMRD - Outstanding Para-Professional (Non-Supervisory) - Technical, Scientific and Program Support (Individual)

WMRD's Glenda Hammell, Renee Diveley, Mary Laffey, Michael Dykes, Dawn Dugan, Rose Marie Gaines, Amy Crockett, Michele Cooper, John Hightower, Joe Lariviere, Evelyn McDougal, Mary Underwood, Amanda Porter, Lisa Panowicz, Claudia Coleman, Rebecca Burton and LABOPS Cindy Gentle and Denise McIntyre - Outstanding Administrative Work Group or Team

Dr. William Walters, guest researcher with WMRD - Distinguished Public Service Career

Bronze Awards

Bruce Amrein, Human Research and Engineering Directorate - Outstanding Supervisor in the Grade 13 and above

Deborah Welsh, Computational and Information Sciences Directorate - Outstanding Administrative/Management Assistant (Individual)

Amy Dagro, WMRD - Rookie Employee of the Year in the Technical Scientific and Program Support

Public Affairs Office, LABOPS - Kathy Zubey, Darrell Roll, Joyce Conant, T'Jae Gibson, Joyce Brayboy and Parmvir Singh, CISD - Outstanding Para-Professional (Non-Supervisory)

 

Last Update / Reviewed: May 24, 2013