Human resources award program nomination period begins

Aug. 29, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany – Beginning Sept. 1, U.S. Army Europe commanders will have until Nov. 15 to nominate their top performing human resources personnel for the 3rd Annual USAREUR G1 Frederick E. Vollrath Human Resources Award for Excellence.

The program was developed to focus on human resources achievement, and was named for Retired Lt. Gen. Frederick E. Vollrath, who served his entire 35-year career in the adjutant general corps and was only the second adjutant general officer to be promoted to lieutenant general.

“First, the human resources business is nothing but a service business. The only reason we exist is to take care of other people by providing good service,” Vollrath said. “Just giving somebody what they would like isn’t, in my experience, a definition of good service. The key to good service is the ‘how.’ In the human resource business, you have to pay attention to the ‘how’ not the ‘what.’”

“Second is leadership,” he said. True leaders figure out how to create change. If you want people to follow you, you have to do things differently. You have to take a risk and that is the key to leadership. Look for innovative ways to get out in front and take care of Soldiers and their Families.”

Nomination packets need to include:

  • 8 inches by 10 inches head/shoulder photo
  • Officer Record Brief or Enlisted Record Brief
  • Army Physical Fitness Test scorecard
  • For commissioned and warrant officers: A narrative by the nominee demonstrating their understanding of Lt. Gen Timothy J. Maude’s contributions to the Army, his values, and how they seek to emulate him
  • For enlisted Soldiers: A narrative by the nominee demonstrating their understanding of Sgt. Maj. Larry L. Strickland’s contributions to the Army, his values, and how they seek to emulate him
  • For civilians: A narrative by the nominee showing examples of how he or she demonstrated achievement in Army human resources
  • Recommendation memo from a lieutenant colonel or above in the nominee’s chain of command
  • An endorsement from the recommended nominee’s supporting senior adjutant general human resources officer on post, or at higher headquarters

The winners of last year’s competition were:

Capt. Thomas Cho of the U.S. Army NATO Brigade

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Laura Gentry of V Corps

Staff Sgt. Alex Casaretto of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command

Spc. Tavia Shelton of V Corps

John Spillman of the U.S. Army Europe G-1

For more information on the program and nomination requirements, contact the USAREUR G1, Awards and Actions Branch at 370-8396, 370-6748 or 06221-57-8396.  

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