June 15, 2011

DMA recognizes state employee service

By Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen      
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

RICHMOND, Va. — Senior leaders of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs recognized state employees for their commitment to the Virginia National Guard during luncheons at Fort Pickett June 2, the Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston June 10 and the State Military Reservation at Camp Pendleton June 15. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., Adjutant General of Virginia, awarded certificates of appreciation to the employees for their continued service.

 

Senior leaders of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs recognize state employees for their commitment to the Virginia National Guard during a luncheon at Fort Pickett June 2. Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., awarded certificates of appreciation to the employees for their continued service and they received gifts based on their years of service. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia (right), and Brig. Gen. Wayne Wright, the Deputy Adjutant General of Virginia (left), congratulate Russell Ward on 45 years of service as a state employee during a state employee recognition ceremony June 15 at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

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The employees at each event enjoyed chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers and all the fixings served during the cookout-style appreciation luncheon. Employees with specific years of state service were presented with the certificates from the adjutant general and also received gifts based on their amount of time in service presented by Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the Deputy Adjutant General of Virginia.

“I appreciate all that you all do. There’s a lot of great work going on and a lot of folks that are doing amazing things,” said Long. “I think we are making good progress in my vision to make Virginia one of the top National Guard organizations in the United States and you are all a part of that.”

Civilian state employees work in many support roles to help in the daily duties of the Virginia National Guard, whether it be in a state active duty situation, or day to day operations around the commonwealth. They provide support at nearly every armory, training site and the headquarters in the Virginia Department of Military Affairs.

“Being able to recognize the employees of the state in some way is really important, said Brig. Gen. (ret.) Stephen L. Huxtable, director of personnel and administration. “For the Department of Military Affairs to appropriately run all of its missions the state employees are critical because they play a very strong support role. Our state employees are shoulder to shoulder with the military leadership everyday and without that we wouldn’t be able to complete our mission.”

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