DMA state employees recognized at Camp Pendleton, Fort Pickett

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognizes and thanks Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May 6, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. State employees received training and briefings in the morning, followed by the luncheon, where selected personnel received awards for their outstanding performance and dedicated service. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, recognizes and thanks Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May 6, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. State employees received training and briefings in the morning, followed by the luncheon, where selected personnel received awards for their outstanding performance and dedicated service. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

SANDSTON, Va. — Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined other senior leaders in recognizing and thanking Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees during luncheons and awards ceremonies May 6, 2015, at Camp Pendleton and May 8, 2015, at Fort Pickett.

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presents certificates of recognition and appreciation to Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May 8, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. State employees received training and briefings in the morning, followed by the luncheon, where selected personnel received awards for their outstanding performance and dedicated service. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presents certificates of recognition and appreciation to Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May 8, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va. State employees received training and briefings in the morning, followed by the luncheon, where selected personnel received awards for their outstanding performance and dedicated service. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

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

“These employees are always willing and able to support the mission of DMA,” said Michelle Claiborne, human resource manager for DMA. “This was an opportunity for us to thank them for their hard work.”

Employees first attended briefings and mandatory training for state workers in the morning. Classes covered topics including health benefits, workers compensation, policy, safety and ethics. Then, following a catered lunch, Williams recognized individuals who have reached five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service with DMA. Williams also presented awards to DMA employees for customer service, workplace safety and health, career achievement, innovation, new employees, teamwork, community service and volunteerism.

“Without you we couldn’t get the job done,” Williams said. “Thank you for what you do every day.”
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. Elena Scarbrough, the commander of the Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center, and Lt. Col. Stock Dinsmore, the commander of the Virginia Air Guard’s 203rd RED HORSE Squadron, joined Williams at the May 6 luncheon at the 203rd RED HORSE dining hall and offered their thanks to the assembled employees.

“I know as well as anyone how much we depend on our state employees,” Dinsmore said. “We embrace all the support we get and we could not function without the state employees helping us.”

“My state employees are the bread and butter and backbone of this installation,” explained Scarbrough. “Thank you so much for all you do.”

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, the director of the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, recognize Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May 6, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. State employees received training and briefings in the morning, followed by the luncheon, where selected personnel received awards for their outstanding performance and dedicated service. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and retired Navy Capt. Mark Chicoine, the director of the Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy, recognize Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May 6, 2015, at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach. State employees received training and briefings in the morning, followed by the luncheon, where selected personnel received awards for their outstanding performance and dedicated service. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

“You do unbelievable work and today is an opportunity to reflect on how good you all are and I appreciate your effort every day,” Chicoine said.

Col. Jeffrey N. Hice, the Virginia Army National Guard chief of staff, and Capt. Shawn Otto, director of personnel and community activities for Fort Pickett, joined Williams and Huxtable in addressing employees at the Fort Pickett Officers Club.

“Without your support and without your hard work, Fort Pickett would not be successful,” Otto said. “We understand that and appreciate everything that you do.”

“I want to thank you so much for what you do,” Hice said. “We’re an organization supporting a military force. A lot of attention gets paid to those in uniform but I hope you understand that what you do makes what we do possible. Thank you so much.”

“Fort Pickett does not operate without this team,” Williams explained. “Every place that I go, everyone that I talk to who comes down here, they think highly of this crew and say great things about you and what you do. Thank you for what you do on a daily basis. What you received today is just a small token of our appreciation for everything you do.”

According to Claiborne, in 2014 DMA employees donated a total of $1,565 to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign through bakes sales, payroll deduction and the first-ever Cancer Walk, in which 50 people participated. DMA was also recognized by the Department of Small Business and Diversity for exceeding state Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business set-aside goals. In addition DMA passed the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts audit on the Facilities Cooperative Agreement with no findings or recommendations. DMA employees accomplished this all while supporting the successful mobilization of troops for federal duty and state active duty missions.