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NEWS | May 23, 2011

Greater Charleston Federal Executive Association honors employees of the year

By Susan Piedfort Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Atlantic Public Affairs

The Greater Charleston Federal Executive Association held their annual employee of the year awards luncheon at the Redbank Club on Joint Base Chareleston - Weapons Station, May 18.

The FEA represents about 22,000 military and civilian workers in the greater Charleston area. The annual awards luncheon gathers all area federal organizations together to honor their most deserving employees in eight individual categories and one team category. Nominees and team members must have been either full-time civilian employees of the federal government or uniformed military personnel and must have served 12 months in the federal service and at least six months in the tri-county area to be eligible.

This year's winners were:

Outstanding Managerial/Executive Award: Maj. Phillip Tobin, 315th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Outstanding Supervisor: Master Sgt. Michael Wilson, Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston

Outstanding Scientific/Professional: Martin Brunworth, Ralph H. Johnson Veteran's Administration Medical Center

Outstanding Technician/Assistant: Master Sgt. Chiquet Nicholes, 315th AMXS

Outstanding Trade/Craft: Scott Rue, 315th AMXS

Outstanding Clerical/Administrative: Yeoman 1st Class Sylvester Sanchez, NCBC

Outstanding Safety/Security: Jose Ruiz, Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit

Heroism/Valor: Staff Sgt. Douglas Ryan, 628th Air Base Wing

Team award: Post 9/11 GI Bill Chapter 33 Application Development Team represented by Andrew Mansfield, SSC Atlantic.

A roving plaque which is presented to the agency with the most winners each year went to the NCBC.

Approximately 88 percent of all federal employees work outside the national capital area functioning as the principal coordination between the federal government and the citizens of this country. The greater Charleston FEA is an organization participating in the Federal Executive Board program established in 1961 by President John Kennedy to support this coordination.

There are currently 28 Federal Executive Boards under the direction of the Office of Personnel Management located in cities that are major centers of federal activity such as Atlanta and Chicago. In cities such as Charleston where FEBs do not exist, Federal Executive Associations or Councils serve with similar purposes and objectives, but with volunteers instead of full-time appointed staffs.