FEDERAL ACES--On May 06, 2014 the “San Francisco Bay Area Federal Employees of the Year Awards Program” hosted the 34th event where various federal organizations located throughout the Bay Area nominated employees for their outstanding work both in their day to day jobs and within their community. This remarkable event took place at the Park 55 Wyndham, San Francisco, California where more than 300 federal employees were nominated to receive this exclusive award. Amongst the nominations were the U.S. Coast Guard Post State Patrol Team, U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, General Services Administration and many more.
The 63d Regional Support Command received awards in two out of the nine categories that were selected. Winner of the Administrative and Clerical award was 63d RSC team for their continuous hard work, and their outstanding commitment to the civilians and service members within the 63d RSC footprint. The chosen nominees for the award were Shaun M. Bright, Supervisory Human Resource Specialist, Christopher M. Wren, Administrative Officer, Dan K. Nguyen, Administrative Officer, and Christian Sepulveda, Administrative Officer, and the second category was Equal Employment and Diversity. The nominee for the EEO award from the 63d RSC was Master Sgt. Angela Delancy, Equal Opportunity representative. All the 63d RSC nominees selected and awarded work within the Directorate of Human Resources at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Mountain View, Calif.
Mr. John Kramer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) District Director for District 21, Department of Homeland Security San Francisco, California and Key note speaker of the federal employee recognition event said it best when he said in his speech “I couldn’t help it think, what goes into a performance like that” as he described the experience he had when the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performed during a citizenship ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base in California. John continued on by saying “I’m not a pilot and I wouldn’t want to be, but it was sure something to watch. Years of preparation, tons of knowledge, and the flexibility it takes to make in flight corrections to avoid catastrophes. Those pilots, they seek perfection, much like the Federal employees that we are honoring here today. But in speaking with the pilots after the event I discovered that it was just as much their passion as it was honed skills to fly those planes. And those pilots, just practically any pilot can tell you that Leonardo Da Vinci had it right when he said ‘once you tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward’, so it’s the same with all of us, as Federal employees. Once we’ve tasted the success of making our agency work better, of delivering better products to our fellow citizens, of saving the life or the home or livelihood of a neighbor. We forever keep our eyes turned skyward and beyond that, each of today’s nominees has served as an inspiration to your colleagues in your agency, to set their own sites even higher.”
Mr. Kramer comes from a traditional family, where his father did his civil duty by serving in the military and then working in the community as a public school teacher, a principal and later as a super-attendant just like his mother before him.
In closing his speech Kramer said “Each of us have our own reasons for going into public service, but even with that variety of motivations out there we all make the same discovery. Our talents have power, our innovations are meaningful and our great ideas have the collective potential to touch thousands and billions of lives. So it’s with humble admiration that I stand before the best of the best in the Bay Area today, and it’s with great pride swelling in my chest that I stand next to you as my fellow civil servants. Thanks, thanks for your passion, thanks for your commitment, and thanks for putting your pride in America into action every day.”