Civilian employee receives third highest honor
By Sgt. Christina Lovett
| | June 13, 2000
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY Ga. -- An inventory management specialist received the third-highest civilian service award May 23 in a ceremony held at the Commanding Generals Conference Room in Bldg. 3700.
Bonnie Branch, Storage and Distribution Division, was awarded the Marine Corps Meritorious Civilian Service Award by Col. Richard Kramlich, commander, Marine Corps Logistics Bases.
These types of awards dont just fall into your lap, said Branch. It takes the special effort of someone to nominate you for an award like this.
Kramlich concurred with the significant value of the award.
This is the first time Ive ever given out an award of this magnitude, he said. This is not an award that is given out frivolously.
Branch began her work at MCLB in 1985, during her senior year of high school, when she participated in the Junior Fellowship Program. Because of her grade point average, she was elected to work here during summers and Christmas vacations for four years while completing her degree at Georgia Southwestern University.
Upon graduation from college in 1989, Branch started a full time position as an Inventory Management Specialist in the Integrated Logistics Support Directorate.
While employed here, Branch has managed Water Support Equipment, estimated $30 million; Automated Test Equipment, estimated $50 million; Communication/Intelligence Equipment, and was selected to participate in the Defense Business Operating Funds Tiger Team in 1996.
In 1998, Branch was selected to participate in the Supply Chain Management Working Group, also known as the Chain Gang. As part of the Chain Gang, Branch participated in the baseline study which identified $4.8 billion worth of inventory within the Logistics Bases. She was responsible for the inventory validation plan.
With her numerous accomplishments in mind, Kramlich fully supported the reasons for Branchs award.
This award is a cumulative type of award, said Kramlich. It shows the hard work she has done over time.
Branch is currently working on a Master of Science in Management Degree with Troy State.