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MCLB Albany ‘family’ pauses to recognize the best of the best

By Verda L. Parker | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | March 30, 2015

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A chilly, dreary day did not hamper attendance or the mood of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany personnel for the installation’s annual Employee Recognition Day Awards Ceremony, here, March 27.

Sounds of the wind whistling and howling failed to dominate the voices of chatter and laughter from more than 150 plus base personnel, who filled Boyett Park’s bleachers for the event.

Kent Morrison, executive director, MCLB Albany, welcomed employees and remarked on the purpose of the ceremony.

“First, on behalf of our commanding officer, Col. Don Davis, welcome to our annual Employee Recognition Day where we come together, not as a workforce, but as a family to recognize some outstanding employees and to spend some time together to fellowship,” Morrison said.

“It has been another wonderful year with many accomplishments to be proud of,” he said. “You all have performed superbly and I know I speak for Col. Davis, the XO, (executive officer, Lt. Col. Robinson) and the sergeant major (Sgt. Maj. Agee) when I say, we are very proud of each and every one of you, and we mean that.”

During the recognition ceremony, a number of Certificates of Appreciation, Superior Performance Certificates, Length of Service Awards and commander’s coins were presented to nominees for the Employee of the Year, as well as to nominees for the Supervisor of the Year awards.

Top winners for the 2014 Employee Recognition Day were Mitchell Bradshaw and Anthony Simmons, who were awarded Employer of the Year and Supervisor of the Year, respectively.

Bradshaw, information technology specialist, Communications and Information Systems Division, MCLB Albany, was not available to receive his Employee of the Year award, therefore, Todd Wilbanks, supervisory information technology specialist, accepted on his behalf.

The base commanding officer gave accolades regarding Bradshaw’s dedication to the installation and as the recipient of the 2014 award.

“Most of you have probably experienced Mitch’s IT support and we probably don’t have a more deserving employee who goes around and helps us,” Davis said. “I’ve never seen him grumpy; I’ve never seen anything like that. What a great guy to get an award like that. I really appreciate Mitch’s service.” 

Anthony Simmons, support services supervisor/Pass and ID supervisor, MCLB Albany, commented on the impact and his feelings about winning the Supervisor of Year Award.

“It was a total surprise to me,” Simmons said. “It really represents the hard work of the people in the Pass and ID Office. They recognized me even though they do the majority of the work – day in and day out – dealing with the customers on a daily basis. Customer service is a big part of our job – people come in expecting a smile and it makes me feel good that customers entrust me with some of their life stories.

“The main thing about my award is that I recognize my people,” Simmons added. “A good friend of mine once told me that you can lead, but people may not necessarily follow you. We just want to help people.”

Following the awards and presentations, lunch was provided to employees; however, due to the frigid weather, the games and activities, which had been planned, were cancelled.
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