Civilians recognized for going ‘above and beyond’

Samuel LaCrosse, lead police officer, fist bumps Command Sgt, Maj. Joseph Harbour, garrison senior enlisted adviser, May 21 as he is presented with the Civilian of the Year award at Wilson Theater. LaCrosse was recognized in the leader category. Presenting the award are Brig. Gen. Claire Gill, left, deputy commanding general-support, and Harbour.

Susana Antunes-Fieseler, Michael Pennington and Doris Johnson were among the people who received the Civilian Employee of the Year, or CEOY, award May 21.

The annual ceremony, formerly held at the Cole Park Commons, took place at Wilson Theater where civilians and Soldiers gathered to celebrate Fort Campbell’s civilian employees who have demonstrated exemplary and outstanding job performance, and whose commitment to their duties reflect their motivation for self-development. The ceremony theme this year was “Above and Beyond.”

Lachele Coppins, director of the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, said the civilians who were recognized have kept with this year’s ceremonial theme of going above and beyond by doing more than what is required of them and exceeding expectations.

These individuals have contributed to helping the organization have a positive outcome through their dedication to their work, she said.

Selection process

Supervisors submit nominations for the CEOY, and to qualify a nominee or team must have served the majority of the year in the position for which he or she is nominated.

Nominees are judged based on a record of performance in and devotion to federal service demonstrated by competency, efficiency, cooperation, suggestions or inventions, special act or services and leadership exceeding the normal requirements of the position.

They also are evaluated based on the completion of any formal or informal education or training, in addition to official assignments that make the nominee a more valuable employee.

Charlotte Epps, human resources specialist, said she is excited to celebrate the achievements of civilians on post.

“It’s special to me because we’re all civilians,” Epps said. “They’re recognizing the employees of the Fort Campbell installation so it’s exciting to see their hard work being rewarded.”


Honorees were selected from 11 categories including administrative/specialist, 1st line supervisor, manager, leader, professional/scientific, secretarial/administrative assistant/clerical, outstanding employee with disability, technician, trades and crafts categories A and B, and a team category.

The winners of their respective groups in the order listed above were Susana Antunes-Fieseler, quality assurance specialist, Michael Pennington, supervisory firefighter, Doris Johnson, CYS administrator, Samuel LaCosse, lead police officer, Charlene Barthelemy, CYS nurse, Anitra Harwell, office services assistant, Henry Ingram, property book officer, Dennis Robinson, supply technician, Charles Blake Jr., air conditioning equipment mechanic, Jeffrey Cavanaugh, electronic industrial controls mechanic, and the Government Purchasing Card Team.

Antunes-Fieseler, quality assurance specialist with Mission and Installation Contracting Command, was surprised when she learned that she won.

“It’s a privilege, it’s a long time coming and I never expected it,” Antunes-Fieseler said. “All the hard work, all these years, completing my master’s during COVID-19 and my level-three acquisition, it just showed the work does pay off in the end.”

In his closing remarks, Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Harbour, garrison senior enlisted adviser, shared his thoughts on the importance of civilian employees and how they help the installation run smoothly.

“Often when I talk to people outside this room, I talk about what makes Fort Campbell so special, and it’s not the Soldiers like me who run around in this uniform and get to live out their lifelong dream,” Harbour said. “It’s the civilians who do all the work behind the scenes who never get the pat on the back, never get the high-five, never get the thank you. We just expect things to happen not understanding what’s going on behind the scenes.”

He also thanked the civilians in the audience for their service to Fort Campbell.