NAWCTSD Employees recognized at Central Florida Federal Employee of the Year ceremony
Two NAWCTSD employees received awards, one earned and honorable mention and another six nominated for recognition during first-ever Federal Executive Association of Central Florida (FEA-CFL) Federal Employee of the Year awards ceremony on May 10.
More than 110 people attended the recognition ceremony, held at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Wildwood, Florida to honor 47 nominated federal employees from 21 Federal agency offices throughout Central Florida. The event took place during Public Service Recognition Week, and plans are in place to host the event annually. A panel of judges representing the private sector, non-profit organizations and Federal agencies chose the award winners in each category.
FEA-CFL President John J. Daly, who is also NAWCTSD's Director of Corporate Operations welcomed the nominees to the event, which was modeled after similar events held in other regions during Public Service Recognition Week. "Thank you to all who worked to so hard to make this first Federal Employee of the Year event in Central Florida a reality," he said. "We modeled the event after one that has been taking place for the past 50 years in South Florida. We are honored to take the time to recognize the highest-performing Federal employees in Central Florida, from among 21 different Federal offices representing all Federal agencies in the region."
T'ann Perrault was the winner in the Stewardship Individual Category for her professionalism, hard work, and unwavering determination resulted in the T-6 Trainer Texan wing procurement completing two weeks earlier than the original schedule. "I felt proud, and honored to be recognized as a Federal Employee of the Year," Perrault said. "It is rewarding to see my work ethic and dedication to serve the Warfighters, NAVAIR, U.S. NAVY be recognized by peers, supervisors, and FEA-CFL committee." Perrault joined the NAWCTSD team 16 years ago and says she strives for high productivity and quality service every day.
Hoang Doan "HD", winner in the Service to Community category. Doan who has been part of the NAWCTSD team for almost 22 years earned the award for his many volunteer efforts, which includes being member of the City of Orlando Mayor’s Veteran’s Advisory Council; serving on the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council and his efforts with DoD’s 50th Year Vietnam War Commemoration. He also serves on the Veterans Advisory Council for his member of Congress and helps organize the annual U.S. Naval Academy Congressional Nomination Interviews. He says that he is grateful for the support he receives from the NAWCTSD team. "I would like to thank our command and particular, Mr. John Daly, who had nominated me for this Service to Community Award. Anytime I need help, I ask and he is willing to help," he said.
Kimber De La Rosa, received an honorable mention in the Valor category. De La Rosa's efforts to call 911 and administer CPR after she noticed a person suffering lying face down in the grass early on the morning of Feb. 27, 2019. She stopped to render assistance to the unresponsive man, administering CPR for 11 minutes until the paramedics arrived.
Other NAWCTSD employees nominated for awards include:
- Michael Alicea (Management Excellence category)
- Antoinette Durden (Stewardship category - Individual)
- YNC(AW/SW) Anthony Gatto (Administrative Professional category)
- Otis Nattiel (Innovation category)
- Gregory Owens (Management Excellence category)
- Bernard Salcedo (Stewardship category)
Federal employees from throughout Central Florida earned honors in eight other categories at the event.
Administrative Professional - Carmen Arana from the Army Shades of Green resort. Her winning citation noted that she is an aggressive negotiator whose efforts save the government money when obtaining goods and services.
Stewardship Team Award – Live Training Transformation (LT2) Team from the Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). The Army’s Live Training Transformation (LT2) product line provides state-of-the-art training systems to the United States military forces using a consolidated product line management acquisition strategy, common architectural framework, services, standards, processes, and other shared assets that focuses on the training domain requirements.
Innovation - Tanesha Starks, Army Shades of Green Security Shift supervisor for writing a new comprehensive antiterrorism plan, all hazard risk assessment, criticality assessment and vulnerability assessment for the Armed Forces Recreation Center. Because of her work, Shades of Green won the Army’s best antiterrorism program in the standalone facility category.
Management Excellence - Pat Baumhover, Deputy Commander of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Aircraft Integrated Maintenance Operations Melbourne, Florida, Contracts Management Office earned recognition for his oversight of the U.S. Navy’s Acquisition Category 1D E-2D Advanced Hawkeye procurement and Japan Foreign Military Sales efforts consisting of 75 aircraft worth $11.1 Billion.
Organizational Partnership - The FAA Technical Operations Team in Orlando played a critical role in the restoration of National Airspace System services in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The team's partnership was a critical link in coordinating with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, DoD, fixed based operators, and some charitable organizations to deliver humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico.
Combined Federal Campaign Most Valuable Volunteer (Team) - Karen Hanson and Vonya Mention of the United States Postal Service earned recognition for their work to host the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff event at a Central Florida Postal Service plant.
Combined Federal Campaign Most Valuable Volunteer (Individual) - Tiwana Tucker from Customs and Border Protection won the award for her volunteer work, which contributed to not only reaching the Sunshine Zone CFC goal of 100% contact, but the Customs and Border Protection 2018 CFC Goal of $375,000 in pledges.
Valor - Lt. Anthony Phillips and Lt. Kyle Johnson assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Air Station for their Hurricane Florence Response flying MH-60T helicopter while deployed to Elizabeth City, N.C. in September 2018. During this mission, they flew in difficult conditions and saved 12 people and one dog, and assisted 15 other flood victims.
NAWCTSD Financial Management Analyst, David Cruz served as the FEA-CFL Executive Director (acting) for the past year served as master of ceremonies before turning over the role to Maureen Fox from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Orlando during the ceremony.
The mission of FEA-CFL is to maintain effective coordination and collaboration among Federal activities and programs in Central Florida to best support the Federal workforce in delivering critical services to the public. The FEA-CFL membership includes the heads of the Federal agencies and field offices from 29 counties in the Central Florida region, which represents more than 52,000 employees and nearly 100,000 Federal retirees.
The FEA-CFL, which meets on a quarterly basis, is composed of the Federal agency heads and field office leaders from 29 counties in the Central Florida region.