Thursday, November 11, 2010

JWAC Quarterly awards presented

The Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC) held its quarterly awards ceremony for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010 on Oct. 21.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Parker S. Westphal received the Joint Service Achievement Medal for exceptionally meritorious achievement as JWAC’s colors sergeant from June 1 to July 30. In this role, he oversaw the purchase, cleaning, and construction of several items used in military ceremonies and to render honors to visiting dignitaries and senior officers, thereby saving the Joint Force more than $2,000.

Items for which he cared included a red carpet, four World War I-era 14-inch naval railway gun casings, and a naval bell and accompanying oak bell stand. Westphal personally built the bell stand with the help of two other JWAC enlisted members.

Kevin P. Carnes received the Joint Civilian Commendation Award for exceptionally meritorious achievement as an analyst for a joint task force in Afghanistan from January to April. He showed professionalism, dedication to excellence and technical expertise and was instrumental in the success of high-priority missions that had a lasting impact on the Joint Interagency Task Force and American national security.

Robert E. Loefstedt received the Joint Civilian Commendation Award for exceptionally meritorious achievement as an analyst for a joint task force in Afghanistan from December 2009 to April this year. During this time, he was JWAC’s subject matter expert and leading analyst at the time, credited with raising the task force’s analytical standard while he was in theater. He provided exceptional situational awareness to task force leaders during his deployment.

Douglas L. Gross received the Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award for exceptionally meritorious service as a technical team leader from June 2009 to June 2010. He led a multi-disciplinary project that was used to conduct critical theater operations.

Additionally, the following employees received the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal, which recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of Department of Defense civilians who provide direct support to the military in a combat theater of operations: Kevin P. Carnes, Brian A. Seals, Alonzo R. Barnett, Peter N. Bronez and Eric B. Wiesenfeld.

Employees of the Quarter

Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Lisa A. Lacross received the Senior Military Member of the Quarter Award for the third quarter 2010 for her analytical support to many of JWAC’s project teams. Her attention to detail provided combatant commanders with key actionable items. In addition, she gave presentations to fellow JWAC military personnel on stress and financial management and helped organize sporting events at JWAC that improved employee morale.

Peter N. Bronez received the Employee of the Quarter Award for the first quarter 2010 for showing exceptional independence and technical proficiency as a junior analyst. He regularly assumed tasks with minimal guidance and delivered products that exceeded customer expectations in sophistication and presentation. For example, while preparing to deploy overseas, he presented many briefs at various management levels of JWAC to ensure he was adequately prepared to represent the command once he got there and he took the initiative to become familiar with JWAC’s analytical techniques, processes and products beforehand.

Eric Wiesenfeld received the Employee of the Quarter Award for the third quarter 2010 for making highly significant contributions to JWAC in support of a project team. Among his contributions, he increased cross-department collaboration and knowledge and shaped future research and development efforts. He volunteered to go overseas to gain more technical experience, insight into customer needs, and to provide direct operational support to the war fighter.

Patrick M. Arens received the Employee of the Quarter Award for the fourth quarter 2010. He was hired this June after a two-year internship and quickly established himself as a high-performing and valuable team member. He was cited for his outstanding ability to learn new tools and apply complex analysis soon after he was hired. He also contributed greatly to creating products and to JWAC’s customer support and he supported many cross-functional teams that were beyond his normal duties.

Schuyler R. Porche received the Employee of the Quarter Award for the fourth quarter 2010 for demonstrating an expert ability to develop analytical solutions to meet short deadlines. A member of one of JWAC’s project teams, he always shared his technical expertise with other analysts. He also presented his methods at every level within the command as well as to students at the Army Logistics University and was chosen to represent the command at a U.S. Joint Forces Command-sponsored conference.

Teresa I. Staples received the Employee of the Quarter Award for the fourth quarter 2010 for showing leadership, commitment and teamwork in her new role as a software tester for a development team. She was extremely proactive learning and clarifying software requirements, reviewing project documentation, and meeting with customers to clarify the work assigned, going well beyond what was expected of someone in transition to new duties.

Length of Service Awards

Length of Service awards for 20 years were presented to Stephen E. Barnum, Crystal R. Bullock, Jennifer C. Hill and Catherine A. Hoover; for 25 years to Loann J. Burian, Albert H. Dunfee, David B. Harring and Hugh M. Mitchell; and for 30 years to Cynthia T. Dials.

Tom L. Barr received a plaque in recognition of his retirement this month. Additionally, he also received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award at a separate ceremony on Oct. 28 for exceptionally meritorious service at JWAC from 2002 to 2010.

During his time at JWAC, Barr supported several major operational planning efforts and combat operations in theater. His analysis for a combatant command aligned operational and strategic planning that shaped U.S. national policy.