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Public Service Recognition Week honors those who labor for people

By Keats Reynolds | | May 8, 2014

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Public Service Recognition Week throughout Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s six facilities in Florida and Georgia began Sunday and ends Saturday.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Gayle Shaffer proclaimed this week to thank the almost 650 civilian men and women who serve as physicians, nurses and support staff.

“Now more than ever, our federal employees are being asked to do more with less,” Shaffer stated. “Yet, they continue to press forward and support readiness and quality, patient-centered care from healing patients to ensuring we have the supplies needed to do so.”

The theme for PSRW 2014 is “Proud to Serve.”

The NH Jacksonville civil service team demonstrates this daily by the attentiveness they show to the approximately 67,000 enrolled patients across the command. Even through the furlough period of 2013, the federal workforce put service above self to ensure that medical care at the hospital and branch health clinics did not waiver.

When someone becomes part of the civil service, they not only accept a job but an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution.

Federal workers, like our military members, come from many different walks of life and fulfill many different missions. Together, they unite to uphold the pledge to serve and protect the U.S. government.

In her proclamation to the command, Shaffer recalled of her time as NH Jacksonville commanding officer and expressed her gratitude for the public service workers who continue to put service above self.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be your commanding officer these past two years and as I will soon pass on the command to another, I’ll take comfort in knowing that you − our civil service employees − play critical roles in the continuity of great care across Naval Hospital Jacksonville and our nation,” Shaffer said. “Your hard work does not go unnoticed, and I want you to know that I am proud to serve with you.”

Today, almost 3 million strong, federal employees are researching cures for cancer, developing solutions to address energy and climate crises, serving alongside warfighters and caring for the nation’s heroes.  Each and every day, public service workers protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, ensuring that the U.S. government is the best in the world.

For more information on ways to celebrate PSRW, visit www.psrw.org.
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