Virginia Department of Military Affairs honors, recognizes state employees

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Walter L. Mercer, Chief Operations Officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, present the DMA Agency Star Award to James Snead, a Fort Pickett range operations employee in the Department of Plans, Training and Security, at the 2018 State Employee Recognition luncheon May 10, 2018, at Fort Pickett. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Szoke)

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Walter L. Mercer, Chief Operations Officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, present the DMA Agency Star Award to James Snead, a Fort Pickett range operations employee in the Department of Plans, Training and Security, at the 2018 State Employee Recognition luncheon May 10, 2018, at Fort Pickett. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Szoke)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Walter L. Mercer, chief operations officer for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, recognized and thanked DMA employees at two State Employee Recognition luncheons May 10, 2018, at Fort Pickett and May 23, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach.

“A lot of times you’re doing things that are vitally important but that don’t necessarily see the light of day,” Williams told the employees in attendance at Camp Pendleton. “Thanks for that hard work that you do across the entire organization. What you do makes a tremendous difference.”

Employees in both locations first attended mandatory training for state workers in the morning. Classes covered topics including employee work profiles and effective communication, health benefits, time and attendance, travel, workers compensation, policy and safety.

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, addresses Department of Military Affairs employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May 23, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Senior leaders presented agency-wide awards to DMA employees for the agency star, customer service, workplace safety and health, career achievement, innovation, new employee, teamwork, community service and volunteerism. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, addresses Department of Military Affairs employees at a State Employee Recognition luncheon May 23, 2018, at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Senior leaders presented agency-wide awards to DMA employees for the agency star, customer service, workplace safety and health, career achievement, innovation, new employee, teamwork, community service and volunteerism. (U.S. National Guard photo by A.J. Coyne)

Senior leaders then hosted the luncheon where they recognized individuals who have reached five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service with DMA. They also presented agency-wide awards to DMA employees for the DMA Agency Star Award, customer service, workplace safety and health, career achievement, innovation, new employee, teamwork, community service and volunteerism.

James Snead, a Fort Pickett range operations employee in the Department of Plans, Training and Security, received this year’s DMA Agency Star Award. It recognizes an individual who, through extraordinary performance and interaction with others, contributed to the mission and overall success of DMA. In addition to the award and a “thank you” letter from The Adjutant General, the award comes with a monetary award of $750.00.

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

“I always try to find ways to say thank you to our state DMA team for all they do to support our National Guard Soldiers and Airmen throughout the year,” Mercer said. “This annual Employee Recognition Ceremony gives us the one time each year where we can all come together to say thanks and to recognize some of our top performing staff, as well as a chance to socialize and have a meal together. All good teams do this, and this DMA state staff is a great team.”

The luncheon in Virginia Beach was the first event held in the newly-refurbished Hurt Hall, which was commemorated with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting before the luncheon.


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