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October 22, 2010

Observances

NEC director receives Fort McCoy Excellence in Diversity Award

The 2010 Fort McCoy Excellence in Diversity Award recipient strives hard each day to improve the well-being of women, minorities and those individuals with disabilities both here at Fort McCoy and in his own neighborhood, said Blaine Markuson.
PHOTO: Ronald Robinson (left) accepts the Fort McCoy Excellence in Diversity Award from Lt. Col. Rob Humphrey, the garrison deputy commander. Photo by Allan Harding
Ronald Robinson (left) accepts the Fort McCoy Excellence in Diversity Award from Lt. Col. Rob Humphrey, the garrison deputy commander. (Photo by Allan Harding)

Ronald Robinson, the director of the Fort McCoy Network Enterprise Center (NEC), truly embodies all of the principles the award is meant to recognize, said Markuson, the acting director of the Army Reserve Equal Employment Opportunity office.
Robinson received the Excellence in Diversity Award at the Oct. 5 Hispanic Heritage Month observance.

“The results Mr. Robinson has achieved in promoting diversity are anything but routine. In fact, his record of achievement has been most exemplary and is worthy of special recognition,” Markuson read from the award nomination narrative. “Mr. Robinson is truly one of Fort McCoy’s best in terms of being an outstanding leader, coach, mentor and role model to his staff and to the entire installation community.”

In accepting the award, Robinson thanked his “great staff and the great work force at Fort McCoy.”

His own mentor, Mr. Al Fournier, the deputy to the garrison commander, also has been a great influence, he said.

“Mr. Fournier is the reason for me being here, and he is responsible for letting me do some of the things that I am doing,” Robinson said. ”He doesn’t see race. He only sees the human race.”

Robinson practices employee empowerment, promotes quality excellence and encourages professional advancement based on merit, Markuson said.

He goes well beyond supporting obvious program requirements, which is best illustrated by the number of NEC-unique work force programs he has organized and personally conducted. These programs address all facets of equal opportunity and cultural diversity.

“Mr. Robinson’s service to this installation community has been outstanding, and the collective effect of his extraordinary contributions has made Fort McCoy a better place to train, mobilize, work and live,” Markuson said.

Lt. Col. Rob Humphrey, garrison deputy commander, presented the award to Robinson on behalf of Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser.

Markuson said the Excellence in Diversity Award trophy/plaque has been redesigned to include room for a photograph of the current recipient.

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