Navy IS2 James T. Chen was chosen the Mid-Tier Enlisted of the Quarter for his leadership and exceptional performance as a project team lead, command fitness leader, and community volunteer. As a team lead, Chen led four other enlisted members who provided analytical support to U.S. Strategic Command. He also worked with five intelligence and Pentagon agencies to support concepts of operation for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In addition, Chen improved the command’s fitness program. He introduced two new workouts to increase participation and expand its impact. His efforts in this regard resulted in a 100 percent physical fitness test pass rate. He also volunteered four hours at the USO-Dahlgren office, providing outstanding support and hospitality to those in need.
Air Force Capt. Jody L. Hodges was chosen the Company Grade Officer of the Quarter for his leadership and exceptional performance. During the fourth quarter, he worked with 23 co-workers to review nearly 100 Air Force checklists that included a combined 4,684 items. He not only uncovered some deviations from Air Force regulations, but proposed a remedy to ensure 100 percent compliance. Hodges also recruited four reservists at no cost to JWAC who provided support to seven combatant commands and he worked to ensure that the command’s future military staffing needs were met.
Hodges earned his master of business administration in human resource management, graduating summa cum laude.
Army Maj. Donald P. Smith was chosen the Field Grade Officer of the Quarter for his leadership and exceptional performance as the command’s United States Forces Korea liaison officer, a difficult and demanding position for which he received almost no time to prepare. In this role, he led JWAC’s support of several annual military exercises.
Kathleen M. Peterson was chosen the Junior Civilian of the Quarter for her exceptional performance, tremendous work ethic, and positive attitude as the command executive secretary. She provided outstanding leadership and expertise that directly impacted the efficiency and effectiveness of the command. Her initiative, attention to detail, and understanding of the commander’s goals and priorities ensured a consistent product and message both within and outside the command.
David M. Kale was chosen the Senior Civilian of the Quarter for his technical leadership in planning and establishing the Industrial Controls Laboratory. His work helped create an analytic and targeting capability for the Pentagon as well as making JWAC’s own products better. He was cited for his dedication and professionalism in working with other agencies, increasing engagement options, and providing access to information to support modeling efforts. His dedication and teamwork reflected a tremendous work ethic and positive attitude.
The final award was for length of service and was presented to Robert S. Eagle III who completed 30 years of government service on February 8th.