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Col. Joseph Murray, commander of Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region - Marine Corps Base Quantico, and command Sgt. Maj. Charles Williams stand with John Kiersma, deputy director of the Business Performance Office, who received the Senior Civilian of the Quarter award for the second quarter of 2016 on July 13.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Micha Pierce

Civilian employees lauded for longevity of service and for outstanding performance

18 Jul 2016 | Adele Uphaus-Conner Marine Corps Base Quantico

The coordinator of Marine Corps Base Quantico’s High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) program, Charles Yackle, and deputy director of the Business Performance Office, John Kiersma, were recognized as junior and senior civilians of the quarter, respectively, at the Length of Service Awards for the second quarter of 2016. The ceremony was held July 13 at The Clubs at Quantico.

Twenty three employees aboard base were also recognized for providing five, 10, 15, 20, 30, 35, and 40 years of service to the U.S. government.

“You hear some incredible stories about this place from the folks who’ve been here 40 years,” said Col. Joseph Murray, commander of Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region—Marine Corps Base Quantico. “I want to thank everybody who came today and please make your folks come to this thing, because it’s important.”

Six of the employees receiving length of service awards—Milissa Eldridge and Sheronica Hull (five years), Nadia Tuggle (10 years), Uriel Mursier and Rebeca Perez (15 years), and Gwendolyn Patterson (20 years)—work for the base Child Development Centers, either as child care providers, food service providers, or in the referral office. Two, Marieta Shutermeja and Valentina Zaro, both with 20 years of service, are seamstresses in the uniform shop at The Basic School.

Meir Huang, a sales associate at the Marine Corps Exchange with five years of service to the government, was a pharmacist for 19 years in her native China, which her supervisor said explains her extraordinary particularity and attention to detail. Cassandra Valentine (five years), the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response coordinator for Training and Education Command, was commended by her supervisor for basically working a 24/7 job. Racquel Simbulan (20 years), payroll technician for Marine Corps Community Services, is in charge of processing payroll for more than 1,000 employees.

Michael Morgan, recipient of a 40-year length of service award, is the superintendent of the Medal of Honor Golf Course.

The full list of award recipients is below:

5 Years
Estrella Carpenter SecBn
Milissa Eldridge MCCS
Meir Huang MCCS
Sheronica Hull MCCS
Robert Levine MCCS
Cassandra Valentine MCCS

10 Years
Derrick Turner SecBn
Marvin Johnson MCCS
Nadia Tuggle MCCS

15 Years
Angela Wright LSSS
Uriel Mursier MCCS
Rebeca Perez MCCS
Philip Earhart MCCS

20 Years
Lois Amiker G-4
Gwendolyn Patterson MCCS
Marieta Shutermeja MCCS
Racquel Simbulan MCCS
Valentina Zaro MCCS

30 YEARS
Maria Self GF
Joseph Wheby IV GF

35 YEARS
Carl Morgans GF
Ricky Sears GF

40 YEARS
Michael Morgan MCCS

Writer: auphausconner@quanticosentryonline.com
Marine Corps Base Quantico