14 March 2011
Detrick FEB's Man and Woman of the Year honored
Fort Detrick Public Affairs

Fort Derick honored two outstanding employees Feb. 23, during the annual Federal Executive Board awards ceremony.
Rita M. Walker, Chief of the Personnel and Administration Branch of the Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Medical Logistics Division, was recognized as the FEB Woman of the Year, and Capt. James Huston, Forest Glen Fire and Emergency Services, as the FEB Man of the Year.
This year Fort Detrick's higher and subordinate commands nominated 33 people to the Federal Executive Board Career Service Awards program. 
Walker and Huston were selected for their dedication and service to the installation and community.
"Ms. Walker has positively impacted the Air Force Medical Service, as well as the Fort Detrick and local communities. I can think of no other individual more representative of the traits that exemplify a candidate for the Woman of the Year award!" said, USAF Maj. Robert Corby, AFML.
Among her accomplishments, the nomination listed her spearheading of the transition from NSPS to GS pay systems for AFML employees. She also manages all manpower issuesfor the AFMOA/SGALteam and has been instrumental in identifying authorizations that are eligible for Military to Civilian conversion.
Walker's srevice extends beyong the fenceline of Fort Detrick, too.  She recently volunteered to assist with the Maryland School for the Deaf's 7th annual golf tournament, resulting in more than $37,000 of donations.
"Being a volunteer and helping people is a very personal undertaking for me," she said.
Additionally, said Corby, she is active in her church, the Detrick Annual Women's History Month Committee, and much more.
"Rita Walker truly exemplifies every characteristic associated with an outstanding woman," Corby said.
Huston, a former ASE certified mechanic, has been noted for his tireless efforts in maintaining the Fire Department's fleet, among his many duties.
"Jim is always working toward improving his abilities in performing his duties as a captain in the fire service." said Assistant Fire Chief Steven B. Heller. "He is the epitome of the dedicated firefighter serving the federal government."
He has recently recently volunteered for and received training to conduct the practical driver's training course for Walter Reed and Forest Glen fire personnel, and has taken the lead in training all firefighters in operations of all of the emergency vehicles.
"Jim is always first on board to support activities for the wounded warriors and their families," said Heller.
Additionally, he is noted for serice in the church community, with a special focus on gathering food for the homeless and others in need.
The Baltimore Federal Executive Board was established in 1969. The FEB has more than 130 member agencies and 7 federal installations in its membership.
For more info about the FEB, go to www.baltimorefeb.us.
Posted by PAO

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