SANDSTON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis A. Green, the Virginia Guard senior enlisted leader, and other senior leaders honored and recognized Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees during luncheons May 8 at Camp Pendleton and May 10 at Fort Pickett.
The luncheons were held during Virginia Public Service Week, a special week when employees are recognized around the state for their dedication and hard work, according to Michelle Claiborne, human resource manager for DMA.
“Here at DMA, we hosted a luncheon at Camp Pendleton and Fort Pickett where senior leaders could show their appreciation of the state employees,” she said.
In addition to lunch, DMA recognized individuals whose supervisors put them in for either an impact or individual awards. They also recognized employees who have reached five, 10, 15, 20 and even 40 years of service.
It was also an opportunity to conduct mandatory training for the state employees. In the morning before the luncheons, DMA conducted classes on topics such as sexual harassment, payroll, ethics, policy update and health benefits.
At Camp Pendleton, employees from the 203rd RED HORSE Squadron, Commonwealth ChalleNGe and Camp Pendleton headquarters all attended the ceremony in the 203rd RHS dining facility.
“I look around the room and the people here are among the best in the nation,” Long said. “I am proud of what the Virginia Guard has done. I’m a big fan of being the best you can be so I am proud of everything you’ve done here at Camp Pendleton.”
Long also presented Camp Pendleton with the Department of Military Affairs Team Impact Award. The silver cup was awarded based on Camp Pendleton’s performance during the past year. Some of the accomplishments include renovating a number of buildings, maintaining 100% accountability of state property, completing beautification projects, providing outstanding customer service and finding new ways to save the Virginia National Guard money.
“I truly appreciate each team member’s service, dedication and teamwork,” said Lt. Col. Elena Scarbrough, the commander of Camp Pendleton. “The performance of the Camp Pendleton team during an intense growth period for the organization has been exemplary. The Camp Pendleton team contributions have put Camp Pendleton on the map as a premier collective training center.”
Sherman Vaughn, chairman of the Board of Supervisors from Nottoway County, and Ronny Roark, county administrator for Nottoway County, joined the Virginia Guard senior leaders at the luncheon at the Fort Pickett Officer’s Club two days later.
“I just want thank you all for what you do,” Long said. “I’m very proud of what you all have done. The governor asked me to pass on congratulations, to tell you what a great job that you all are doing here, and thanks so much.
“We’ve got a great partnership with the community around here and it’s important for us to do that,” Long added. “I will tell you when I first became the Adjutant General, it was clear to me that the community around here loves Fort Pickett.”
“Each of you does something to help this post be one of the best in the nation, so thank you,” Green said.
In addition to giving out awards for employees with notable service time, several other individual awards were given at Fort Pickett. Terri Stallings, recoupment manager, received the Outstanding Individual Performance Award and Christina Chubb, legislative and policy analyst, received the New Employee Award.