Dept. of Military Affairs honors state employees at Fort Pickett, Camp Pendleton

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Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognizes and thanks Department of Military Affairs state employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May, 9, 2014, at Fort Pickett. Following the luncheon, selected personnel received awards for their outstanding performance and dedicated service. (Photo by Capt. Andrew J. Czaplicki, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

CAMP PENDLETON, Va. — Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, and other senior leaders honored and recognized Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees during luncheons and awards ceremonies May 6 at Camp Pendleton and May 9 at Fort Pickett.

The events took place during Virginia Public Service Week, when state employees are recognized around the commonwealth for their dedication and hard work.

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognizes and thanks Department of Military Affairs state employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May, 6, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. Following the luncheon, selected personnel received awards for their outstanding performance and dedicated service. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognizes and thanks Department of Military Affairs state employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May, 6, 2014, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. Following the luncheon, selected personnel received awards for their outstanding performance and dedicated service. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

In addition to a catered lunch, DMA recognized individuals who have reached five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service. Long also presented awards to DMA employees for customer service, workplace safety and health, career achievement, innovation, new employees, teamwork, community service and volunteerism.

During 2013, DMA contributed 311 pounds of food, double the amount of 2012, to the Governor’s Bowl Food and Fund Drive. They also donated a total of $1,358 to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign through bake sales and payroll deduction. DMA was recognized by the Department of Small Business and Diversity for exceeding state Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business program set-aside goals. The organization supported the successful mobilization of troops for federal duty and state active duty missions and executed more than $50 million of statewide facility construction and upgrades.

“These employees are always willing and able to support the mission of DMA,” said Michelle Claiborne, human resource manager for DMA.

Col. Jeffrey N. Hice, the Virginia Army National Guard chief of staff, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Green, the Virginia National Guard senior enlisted leader, joined Long in recognizing employees at the luncheon May 9 at the Fort Pickett Officers Club.

Long was joined by retired Brig. Gen. Steve Huxtable, the Director of Personnel and Administration for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, the director of the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, Lt. Col. Preston Scott, commander of Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center, and Lt. Col. Stock Dinsmore, the commander of the Virginia Air Guard’s 203rd RED HORSE Squadron, for the luncheon May 6 at the 203rd RED HORSE headquarters.

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia presents awards to DMA employees for customer service, workplace safety and health, career achievement, innovation, new employees, teamwork, community service and volunteerism during a state employee appreciation luncheon and awards ceremony May 9, 2014, at Fort Pickett. (Photo by Capt. Andrew J. Czaplicki, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia presents awards to DMA employees for customer service, workplace safety and health, career achievement, innovation, new employees, teamwork, community service and volunteerism during a state employee appreciation luncheon and awards ceremony May 9, 2014, at Fort Pickett. (Photo by Capt. Andrew J. Czaplicki, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

“I’m happy to be here to work with all of you,” said Scott, who recently assumed command of Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center, which oversees Camp Pendleton. “We have a great team here and I’ve heard nothing but praise for Camp Pendleton. This is an installation that people really enjoy and want to come back to. That’s all because of you. I appreciate the efforts of everyone. Continue the great work and as long as you do that, we’ll continue to meet the high level of success.”

“What you do on a daily basis is hard,” Chicoine told his employees. “Working with 16, 17 and 18 year-old youth is very challenging- challenging for us as a staff and challenging for them, so thank you very much for all your great work.”

“I appreciate all the things our state employees do,” Dinsmore said. “We want to continue to maintain our great facilities and we rely on the state employees to keep up the facilities so we can continue to share them with our federal and state partners and continue all the great training that goes on here.”

Prior to the luncheons and awards ceremonies, DMA conducted several hours of mandatory training for the state employees. Classes were conducted in a game show format on topics such as health benefits, workers compensation, policy, safety and ethics, according to Claiborne.

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