Analyst recognized for outstanding service
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan -- “As long as we ensure we have communication, this command will exceed any challenge within the Marine Corps,” said Patricia H. Dunbar.
Dunbar, a key factor in Marine Corps Installations Pacific’s success during the past 27 years, was recognized for her vital role during a ceremony Jan. 18 at Camp Foster’s headquarters, where she was presented the Meritorious Civilian Service Award by Maj. Gen. Peter J. Talleri, the commanding general of MCIPAC and Marine Corps Base Camp Butler.
The Meritorious Civilian Service Award is the Department of Defense’s second-highest career-level award.
“The most important reason we present this award is to recognize those who perform at a higher level with great dedication and performance in front of peers, family, subordinates and leaders,” said Talleri. “When I came to this command, Ms. Dunbar was introduced to me as an expert in manpower analysis. She is truly a selfless person and has gained tremendous respect from her superiors and peers.”
The award is presented to individuals whose contributions are of an exceptionally noteworthy and significant nature to the DOD. Dunbar, the chief management analyst in the management assistance office, G-1, personnel, administration and manpower, MCIPAC, received the award for her performance from January 2010 to November 2012.
“I feel humbled and surprised that I am receiving this award,” said Dunbar. “I try to be a good (employee)and to give everything that I have to the command. I’m just humbled that they thought enough of my performance to present me with such an award.”
All career civilian employees of the federal government are eligible and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and awards board prior to selection.
“It’s outstanding that Dunbar is receiving this award,” said Curtis J. Kozlesky, the assistant chief of staff, G-1, MCIPAC.
“She’s a true professional and is recognized as the subject matter expert in working with manpower analysis throughout the Marine Corps.”
Dunbar has received numerous awards for her service and job performance throughout the years.
“Ms. Dunbar’s personal initiative and steadfast devotion to her profession uphold the highest traditions of the U.S. civil service and significantly contribute to overall success within the community while supporting the workforce,” said Kozlesky. “She provided sound, logical, strategic manpower support and assistance to III Marine Expeditionary Force and MCIPAC senior leaders at commanding generals’ and camp commanders’ meetings, to include on-site visits throughout the Asia-Pacific region.”
Although the award is an individual achievement, Dunbar feels that the award does not represent her own personal work, but the combined team effort of her office.
“I think a large factor in (receiving this award) is the camaraderie that we have above and beyond (our working relationship),” said Dunbar. “They have allowed me to be a part of this family and learn and grow with them.”