News: Local National receives DA Award from 21st TSC CG
Story by Staff Sgt. Alexander Burnett
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Evelyn Meaker, the chief of information systems division for the Civilian Human Resources Agency Northeast/Europe Region and a native of Osthofen, Germany, received the William H. Kushnick Award during an awards presentation on Panzer Kaserne Jan. 27.
The William H. Kushnick Award is a Department of the Army-level award approved by the Secretary of the Army. The award recognizes achievement by Army civilian employees engaged in the administration of civilian personnel programs. These achievements must result in material improvement in service, financial savings or significant social or technological progress, said Sally Smoot, the deputy director of CHRA-NE/EU.
“I was very surprised and I am very excited to receive this award,” said Meaker. “I found out I was going to receive it in October and I got to meet the Secretary of the Army in Washington, D.C.”
Maj. Gen. John R. O’Connor, the commanding general of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, presented the award while the CHRA director and the CHRA-NE/EU regional director participated via video-teleconference. Meaker was presented with the award for her superior achievement in civilian human resources technical programs, which improved productivity throughout the European region and were implemented worldwide. She also received the award for her ingenuity in automating several processes in civilian human resources, saving both time and money, said Erin Freitag, the CHRA-NE/EU regional director.
“I love to automate,” Meaker said after receiving the award. “Whenever I see a process I try to figure out a way to make it go quicker and make it easier for everyone.”
Meaker is receiving this award for her combined 30 years of service to the U.S. military and Department of Defense. Her citation mentioned nearly 25 different projects she worked on to improve processes in Europe and throughout her organization. She is also the first local national to receive this award, said Barbara Panther, the CHRA director.
“You should feel very proud and we are very proud of you for this outstanding achievement,” said O’Connor. “It is because of dedicated people like yourself that the military and all of its information technology and human resource systems are constantly improving to better serve our soldiers.”