By ANDREA WALES
U.S. Army Human Resources
The Fort Knox Equal Employment Opportunity Office held its annual award ceremony Dec. 14, recognizing extraordinary examples of support to EEO and its programs.
“Fort Knox is a model employer,” said EEO’s Robert Brown. “You set that standard.”
Jerry Mraz, the deputy chief of staff for personnel and logistics at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, was awarded for EEO Quality Manager of the Year for 2012. He was recognized for providing overwhelming support for EEO programs, including implementing a program within HRC providing for a swift and legally appropriate review of employees’ requests for reasonable accommodations. Marlene Rogers of The Adjutant General Directorate at HRC, was named QMOY runner-up and Lt. Col. Tara Hall, also of HRC, was given honorable mention.
Under the Collateral Duty-Complaints Program, two EEO “stars” were honored. The 2012’s Star Counselor was Jackie Lee Feemster, who works at U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s Office of the Chief of Staff while Angela Williams of USAREC’s Medical Recruiting Brigade was named star mediator.
Karen Cline, who works for the Mission and Installation Contracting Command, was recognized as EEO Special Emphasis Program Chairperson of the Year. Cline is the chairwoman of the Mentoring Program Committee, which is a subcommittee of Fort Knox EEO’s Special Emphasis Program Committee.
“You are making a difference,” said Col. Bruce Jenkins, Fort Knox garrison commander. “We are making progress, but we’re not done yet. We seek to employ a wide diversity of people to bring a wide variety of talents to Fort Knox.”
Agreeing with the garrison commander, Mraz reflected the HRC perspective:
“I think there’s always work to be done, but at HRC it’s part of what we do every day,” he said. “It’s not so much a special program for us; it’s an everyday program.”