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Garrison command sergeant major receives Diversity Award

By Lou Ann M. Mittelstaedt, The Real McCoy Staff

The garrison command sergeant major at Fort McCoy was presented with the installation’s Excellence though Diversity Award Aug. 26 in recognition of his leadership, mentorship and support of people and programs.

Photo: Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser (right) presents the Excellence Through Diversity award to Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois. (Photo by Val Hyde)
Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser (right) presents the Excellence Through Diversity award to Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois. 
(Photo by Val Hyde)

The award is presented annually by the U.S. Army Reserve Equal Employment Opportunity Office.

Command Sgt. Maj. M. Kevin Dubois accepted the award from Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser.

The 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.

Dubois, who has served in his current assignment since August 2006, enlisted in the Army in September 1982.

His military career has taken him around the globe, including several previous assignments at Fort McCoy.


NOTE: From 1985-1993 the award was called the Federal Women’s Program Outstanding Achievement Award. From 1994 to the present the award has been known as the Excellence Through Diversity Award.

1985 – Sonya Ellison (Clumpner)
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. 
           Kevin Dubois

He actively participates in many programs and events on the installation and in the surrounding communities.

Excerpts from the narrative in the nomination packet submitted for the award note that Dubois:

• Has 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 promote diversity.
     • 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 veterans.
     • 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.

Dubois 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.

"Throughout 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.


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