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LOGCOM celebrates Employee Recognition Day

By Jason M. Webb, Public Affairs Specialist | | October 28, 2010

It was a day of festivity, celebration and recognition at the sixth annual 2010 Marine Corps Logistics Command Employee Recognition Day at Boyett Park here, Oct. 21.

Hundreds of LOGCOM employees joined together to see their fellow coworkers receive awards, enjoy each other’s company and participate in numerous team building exercises throughout the day.

After the invocation, national anthem and posting of the colors, Maj. Gen. James A. Kessler, commanding general, LOGCOM, opened the ceremony at the amphitheater overlooking Covella Pond with the announcement of awards.

“This is the second year that I’ve had the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments with you and to recognize those individuals and teams that have demonstrated superior performance in the conduct of their duties,” Kessler said. “I continue to be amazed at the unwavering level of commitment and dedication on the part of our workforce to our men and women in uniform serving this great country all around the globe. It is because of you they remain confident in our ability to provide the finest logistics support available.”

This year, there were more than 40 nominations for individual and team awards in nine categories: Community Service, Administrative Employee of the Year, Supervisor/Team Leader of the Year, Employee of the Year, Health and Wellness, Noncommissioned Officer and Marine of the Year, Executive of the Year and the Hall of Fame award. Additionally, there were 16 teams nominated for Team of the Year.

The 2010 Hall of Fame Award winner, Joseph A. Caldeira, a former LOGCOM employee with more than 36 years of Naval and Marine Corps acquisition and logistics programs experience, thanked the crowd before being inducted into the LOGCOM Hall of Fame.

“I just want to say thanks to all of the folks that worked with me over the years. The key to success is surrounding yourself with people that are smarter than you ... that was easy for me to do,” a humble Caldeira said.

After the awards presentation, employees enjoyed a catered lunch and then participated in a day of team-building activities.

LOGCOM employees challenged each other in more than 10 different activities throughout the day. Events included horseshoes, musical chairs, volleyball, a water balloon toss and the finale’ of a tug of war challenge.

Seven members of Team Supply Management Center took home the bragging rights after pulling their way and defeating all other teams in the tug of war contest.

Kessler said that a day like the LOGCOM Employee Recognition Day is a tool to celebrate of all of LOGCOM’s successes throughout the year.

“You have all done a great job,” Kessler said. “I want to thank you all for the hard work that you have put into the past year. Well done.”