By Lou Ann
M. Mittelstaedt, The Real McCoy Staff
garrison command sergeant major at Fort McCoy was presented with the
installations Excellence though Diversity Award Aug. 26 in
recognition of his leadership, mentorship and support of people and
Garrison Commander Col. David E.
Chesser (right) presents the Excellence Through Diversity award
to Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin
(Photo by Val Hyde)
award is presented annually by the U.S. Army Reserve Equal Employment
Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois accepted the award from Garrison Commander
Col. David E. Chesser.
Excellence through Diversity Award recognizes individuals on the
installation who have made outstanding contributions in the support
and advancement of women, minorities, and individuals with
disabilities at Fort McCoy. All military and civilian members on Fort
McCoy are eligible to be nominated for this award.
who has served in his current assignment since August 2006, enlisted
in the Army in September 1982.
military career has taken him around the globe, including several
previous assignments at Fort McCoy.
From 1985-1993 the award was called the Federal Womens
Program Outstanding Achievement Award. From 1994 to the present
the award has been known as the Excellence Through Diversity
1986 Rita Byers
1987 Mary Vandervort
1988 No award presented
1989 Lavalle Thielker
1990 Joanne Dexter
1991 Rose Kimberley
1992 Caryll Loughan
1993 Becky Wapp Sawyer
1994 Sally Dana
1995 Laura LaMarche
1996 Sgt. 1st Class Debbie
1997 Mary Limp
1998 Capt. Paula Barfield
1999 Phyllis Jacobson
2000 Neal MacCallum
2001 Rich Givler
2002 Darrell Neitzel
2003 Melinda Denson
2004 Staff Sgt. Leslie Ann
2005 Rita Verkler
2006 Staff Sgt. Cassandra
2007 Sheila Guenther
2008 Command Sgt. Maj. M.
actively participates in many programs and events on the installation
and in the surrounding communities.
from the narrative in the nomination packet submitted for the award
note that Dubois:
leadership abilities in the Army and in the local community that
exemplify the Army Values and demonstrate his personal commitment to
enriching the lives of others.
Helped establish the Senior NCO
Academy for the recently-formed Iraqi Army working with diverse
religious and cultural factions to foster a sense of unity and pride
in the newly-formed government during his first tour in Iraq. During
his second tour in Iraq, he was responsible for a diverse group of
Soldiers from across the country.
Is a role model for junior
Non-Commissioned Officers and enlisted personnel.
Ensures that the needs of Soldiers
are addressed appropriately.
Is committed to helping others,
including individuals with disabilities as well as people and Soldiers
of different faiths, backgrounds, and races.
Recently coordinated with the Army
Diversity Task Force in their visit to Fort McCoy.
Participates actively in events that
Is an active member of the Patriot
Warrior Riders (Motorcycle Mentorship Program), and participates in
Wounded Warrior Rides and other fund-raisers and events for disabled
Is a lifetime member of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars.
Regularly participates in various
activities to give back to his community and to his country.
Is a member of the Fort McCoy
Speakers Bureau and participates in speaking opportunities to enhance
awareness of the Army and to recognize those who have served and are
continuing to serve our country.
received an engraved plaque, which he will keep for one year, when it
will be presented to the next recipient. "I am honored to have my
name on the plaque," Dubois said.
my years in the Army, no matter the color, gender, religion or race or
the background a Soldier had, I always gave them, when they were under
my charge, every opportunity to excel if they proved their potential
to me," Dubois said.