Friday, February 22, 2019

Garrison commander conducts employee town hall

Youth runners leave the starting gate of the 1-mile, 7-8 year old division race during during Fort Belvoir's annual Armed Forces Kids Run. This year's event has been moved due to inclement weather to June 2, 9 a.m. at Pullen Field.

From left, Garrison CSM Corey Perry; Richard Bordley, Raymond Chapman and Jeffrey Cody, with MWR's Information Technology Team, and LTC Christopher Tomlinson at the Garrison Town Hall. The trio was announced as joint winners of the new Bright Idea Award and will share a cash award.

Lt. Col. Christopher Tomlinson, Fort Belvoir garrison commander, hosted a town hall for garrison employees, which included results from a recent survey; semiannual awards; and a new installation overview brief that all new employees get.

“The foundation of every organization is an ability to trust one another,” Tomlinson said, adding that trusting people empowers employees.

For that reason, garrison developed a survey for its employees to provide feedback. Additionally, during the town hall, Joe Richard, the garrison’s director of public affairs, encouraged everyone to get news about Belvoir on its Facebook page,

Richard also encouraged garrison employees to join a private, garrison-employee Facebook group, available via search for Fort Belvoir Garrison Employees. “There’s a good reason to be part of the page, and that is communication,” Richard said.

The on-boarding brief provided information about Belvoir and its mission. Each employee also received a comprehensive pamphlet, identifying everyone’s role in the organization.

Tomlinson also presented recognition awards for Bright Idea, Unsung Hero And Exceptional Employee, each selected by a committee after garrison employees nominated their colleagues.

The Bright Idea Award recognizes those who provide an innovative idea that improves efficiency of operation or is cost saving. Richard Bordley, Raymond Chapman, and Jeffrey Cody, MWR’s information technology team, won the award for helping the Officers’ Club save $12,000 per year by creating a more efficient internet service for them.

Daryl Coleman from the Consolidated Legal Office Military Justice Committee earned the Unsung Hero award for his dedication, responsibility and commitment to getting things done. Shawn Case from the Directorate of Emergency Services, Fire and Emergency services, won the Exceptional Employee Award for his exemplary work performance in keeping his team mission-ready.


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