FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (April 13, 2023) — Nominations are being accepted now through the end of April for the Fort Leonard Wood civilian awards program.
According to Sarah Martin, a Workforce Management specialist with the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Civilian Personnel Office, the awards are intended to recognize employees for their outstanding efforts in both their daily work and specific acts.
All Fort Leonard Wood civilian employees are eligible for nomination, Martin said, with the exception of contractors, non-appropriated fund employees and Defense Health Agency employees.
The program includes four categories of awards, aligned with what are called the CG’s Enduring Priorities. They are:
- Acquire, Retain and Care for People — This award is focused on how the team is cared for. Honorees will be recognized for nurturing and mentoring subordinates, peers and the community to uphold the essence of our profession and the importance of their service to it.
- Develop Leaders of Character — This award is focused on instructors, trainers, curriculum development and related enablers and support activities. Honorees will be recognized for contributions to training and developing the Soldiers, junior leaders and personnel of our regiments and workforce.
- Train Warriors of Character and Generate Readiness — This award is focused on the readiness of Soldiers and units, training and certification of cadre and instructors, professionally developing the military and civilian workforce, and daily operations. Honorees will be recognized for contributions to providing the operational forces with trained, disciplined and fit Soldiers and leaders and integrated capabilities.
- Drive Change and Shape the Force — This award is focused on the development, fielding and sustainment of capabilities within proponent responsibilities. Honorees will be recognized for contributions to force design and force development activities that integrate the elements of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel, facilities and policy in support of emergent concepts, capabilities, experimentation and organizational design.
Martin said each category of award also has three levels, based on grade:
- Foundational, for GS-08 and below;
- Advanced, for GS-09 to GS-12; and
- Strategic, for GS-13 to GS-15.
Nominations must be based on the past year’s work, Martin said, and those submitting nominations are encouraged to pick employees who perform routine work extremely well, along with unique accomplishments and initiatives.
Martin noted nominees must be in their position for at least one year at the time of submission, and they cannot have received an award from the same program within the past five years, regardless of the level of award previously won. Nominees must also meet all eligibility criteria in Army Regulation 672-20 (Incentive Awards).
Employees can be nominated by their chain of command or peers, Martin said, but the nominee’s supervisor or chain of command must concur with the nomination.
Martin said a panel of members from across the installation will then vote for recommended winners, and the commanding general will select the final winners, who will each receive a physical award and a $500 prize.
To receive a copy of the nomination form — FLW Form 3005 — or for more information on the civilian awards program, call 573.563.4000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post 80 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains nearly 80,000 military and civilians each year.
Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.
Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps Detachment and Air Force Squadron on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.
More information about Fort Leonard Wood is at: https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/about/mission