USAREUR human resources personnel receive Vollrath award

Jan. 26, 2012

By Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher, USAREUR Public Affairs

Keeping heroes active

U.S. Army Europe Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. James Boozer and USAREUR G-1 Deputy Chief of Staff Larry Gottardi stand with G-1 Frederick E. Vollrath Human Resources Award for Excellence recipients during a ceremony, Jan. 25. From left: Capt. Thomas Cho, U.S. Army NATO Brigade; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Laura Gentry,  V Corps; Staff Sgt. Alex Casaretto, 21st Theater Sustainment Command; Spc. Tavia Shelton, V Corps; and John Spillman, U.S. Army Europe G-1.The program was developed to recognize human resource personnel for their quality service and leadership. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs)

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe recognized four Soldiers and one civilian at the 2nd Annual G-1 Frederick E. Vollrath Human Resources Award for Excellence ceremony, Jan. 25.

The winners are:

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

The program was named after retired Lt. Gen. Frederick E. Vollrath and developed to recognize human resource personnel for their quality service and leadership. Vollrath is a 45-year professional in the human resources field and second adjutant general officer to be promoted to lieutenant general.
USAREUR G-1 Deputy Chief of Staff Larry Gottardi emphasized the importance of the program and its role in helping recognize excellence among human resource professional.

“We needed something—to start and take a good look at the way we did business and begin to evaluate how we conduct military personnel operations,” Gottardi said. “In spite of everything that has happened in the last year with Personnel Services Delivery Redesign, we are trying to tie the field back together.”

“There are HR professionals within USAREUR that are doing superb work, day in and day out, literally seeking no recognition other than their own realization that what they are doing is worthwhile and taking satisfaction in helping people out,“ Gottardi said. “This program is to recognize them.“

Guest speaker, USAREUR Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. James Boozer also emphasized the significance of those serving in military personnel management.

“You literally touch the lives of Soldiers, DA civilians and their family’s every day,” Boozer said. “You are unsung heroes in everything you do and I take my hat off to you.”

Capt. Thomas Cho of the U.S. Army NATO Brigade was humbled by receiving the award. 

“I’m honored and very grateful to have received this award,” Cho said.

He also had advice for those aspiring to receive the award.

“Work hard. Take care of your responsibility and take care of Soldiers.”


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