Col. Shannon T. Miller, Fort Rucker garrison commander, and garrison Command Sgt. Maj. William D. Lohmeyer (far right) stand with the 2016 Women of the Year winners: Jennifer French, Staff Sgt. Holly Dozier, Joe Harris (representing winner Lamoina Brooks), Tammy Simmons-Griffin and Sgt. Britney McCarthy. (Photo by Jonathan Koester)
Published: March 21, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 21, 2016) -- Women play many important roles on Fort Rucker, and the installation honored those outstanding women during the 2016 Women of the Year ceremony at The Landing’s ballroom March 10.
Twenty three women were nominated by their peers and supervisors in five categories: professional, administrative/management, technical/medical, administrative/clerical and other.
Col. Shannon T. Miller, Fort Rucker garrison commander, was on hand during the ceremony to provide her support and thanks to not only the winners, but all who were nominated.
“These professional individuals are setting the standard of exemplary service and are being recognized for their tireless dedication to protecting the Army values and diligently working to take care of Soldiers, family members and civilians,” she said during the ceremony. “Women who change our history dare to transcend preconceived expectations and prove they are capable of doing anything they put their mind to.
“Women have sparked change in communities around the world and have led the charge for a fairer, more inclusive positive society,” continued the garrison commander. “Amongst us today are the amazing women of Fort Rucker – women who have dedicated themselves to selfless service and achieved excellence in their chosen profession.”
The awardees were announced by Angela Jones, Fort Rucker Equal Employment Opportunity officer.
“Simmons-Griffin was provided the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for exceptional meritorious achievement while assigned as an aerospace engineer for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research and Development Engineering Center, Aviation Engineering Directorate,” said Jones. “She provided timely and authoritative responses to approving repairs on 900 maintenance engineering calls. Her actions saved 1,015 non-mission capable days and resulted in a 55 to 1 return on investment by significantly reducing Aviation operations and support expenses by over $11 million dollars.”
“Brooks was provided the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for exceptional meritorious achievement while assigned as a plans and operations specialist for the Installation Management Command, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Safety,” said Jones. “Her extraordinary and unparalleled attention to detail, problem-solving, and organizational and interpersonal skills have resulted in the installation organizations success in meeting their tasked and operation order requirements with maximum efficiency.”
“Dozier was provided the Army Commendation Medal for exceptionally meritorious service as a medical NCOIC for the 1st Battalion, 223rd Aviation Regiment,” said Jones. “Her dedication and hard work was instrumental in providing medical care for a brigade of over 200 Soldiers.”
“French was provided the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service for exceptional meritorious achievement while assigned as an administrative support assistant to the Installation Management Command, Directorate of Human Resources,” said Jones. “Her exceptional performance and expertise has made her a trusted agent throughout the directorate and command. She streamlined all administrative documents by developing a tracking mechanism which increased efficiency, productivity, and save numerous man-hours.”
“McCarthy was provided the Army Commendation Medal for exceptionally meritorious service as a military police Investigator,” said Jones. “Her monumental achievements in the performance of her duties have earned her the distinction of being named the 2016 Woman of the year in the Other category. McCarthy’s dedication to duty and commitment to excellence reflect great credit upon herself, the 6th Military Police Detachment, the Military Police Corps, the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and the United States Army.”
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