Jose Flores, the disability program manager at Fort Meade’s Equal Employment Office, volunteered more than 450 hours of his personal time last year to work with several nonprofit organizations.
On Friday, the Baltimore Federal Executive Board recognized Flores’ community service work with its Silver Volunteer Service Award (Individual) at the 50th Annual Excellence in Federal Career Awards event.
The event coincides with National Public Service Recognition Week, May 7-13, and is the only federal employee recognition event in the state.
“I feel honored to be recognized for something I enjoy doing,” Flores said after the event. “Having served 30 years in the Army has given me a sense of duty and selfless service.
“Volunteering gives me the opportunity to be part of something bigger than myself and use my civic responsibility for the greater good.”
The Baltimore Federal Executive Board honors outstanding contributions and accomplishments of federal employees in Maryland with gold, silver and bronze awards.
This year, Fort Meade had six silver winners and gold finalists, one of whom was Flores, in addition to five bronze winners.
Flores was credited for his volunteer work as the second vice president of the Union Bridge Lions Club, which helps to raise funds to prevent blindness in children. The organization also provides wheelchairs for the blind.
Flores also serves on the board of directors for the Common Ground on the Hill Veterans Initiative, which seeks to provide a safe space for veterans to grow, share and process their experiences by helping to mentor and coach other veterans.
Last summer, Flores served as the personal escort for Jose Feliciano, the Grammy award-winning guitarist, singer and composer, who is also blind. Feliciano participated in one of the organization’s events in support of veterans.
Flores also serves on the board of directors of Voices for Children of Carroll County, which advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children in court.
He is also a member of Team Hope For The Warriors, which provides athletes of all abilities with the opportunity to engage in competitive endurance events. Warrior team members are provided adaptive equipment and race support.
Flores completed the 2016 Marine Marathon on behalf of Team Hope For The Warriors and raised more than $700 for the cause. He also donated more than 270 hours last year.
Silver winners and gold finalists:
Sgt. 1st Class Lynnette Mack, senior paralegal noncommissioned officer in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
Mack was recognized as an Outstanding Para-Professional (non-supervisory) Individual. She is the senior enlisted adviser to the OSJA and provides technical supervision to all paralegals assigned to the office.
Mack is responsible for ensuring the readiness of all OSJA personnel and that all training and regulatory requirements are met.
Lt. Daniel Schismenos, Staff Sgt. Richard Hall and team — all are part of the Directorate of Emergency Services’ traffic division.
The team was recognized as the Outstanding Para-Professional (non-supervisory) Team/Group. The division’s focus is the training and certification of civilian police officers and military police officers.
The division’s accomplishments culminated in the National Award for the Best Traffice Safety Program in the DoD for both 2015 and 2016.
Kenya Elder, an office automation clerk in the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Elder was recognized as an Outstanding Administrative/Management Assistant and is a military spouse hire. She serves as the organization’s receptionist and computer lab monitor, and was credited for being responsible for collateral duties well above her pay grade.
Retired Col. Bert Rice, Fort Meade’s former director of transformation
Rice was awarded with the Distinguished Public Service Career Award for serving 30 years in the military and for 13 years at Fort Meade as a civilian employee.
A decorated Army officer, Rice served at Fort Meade as the Public to Private Venture Project officer, acting director of the Directorate of Public Works and as executive officer for the Fort Meade garrison.
Casualty Assistance Center, part of the Directorate of Human Resources
CAC was recognized as an Outstanding Administrative/Management Assistants Team/Group.
CAC is responsible for providing casualty operations and support to Soldiers, retirees, dependents and DoD civilians at Fort Meade, Abderdeen Proving Ground, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., Fort Detrick, Delaware Army National Guard, Maryland Army National Guard, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Virginia Army National Guard and West Virginia Army National Guard.
CAC’s mission is to assist surviving family members after notification is completed.
Doris Tyler, chief of Army Community Service.
Tyler was honored as an Outstanding Supervisor: GS 13 and above.
Darla Yoos, supervisor/deputy director of the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center.
Yoos was recognized as an Outstanding Supervisor-GS 13 and above.
Cheryl Rendon, manager of Fort Meade’s Exceptional Family Member Program.
Rendon was recognized as an Outstanding Professional (non-supervisor).
Capt. Brian Kunkel, patrol captain for the Directorate of Emergency Services.
Kunkel was recognized as an Oustanding Supervisor-GS12 and below.
David P. Jilek, motor vehicle operator with the National Security Agency Motor Pool division.
Jilek was recognized with an Outstanding Trade and Craft award.