The director of Fort McCoy's Directorate of Support Services (DSS)
was selected as the 2002 recipient of the Excellence through Diversity
Darrell Neitzel received the award Aug. 27 as part of the
Women's Equality Day Observance. Installation Deputy Commander Lt.
Col. Mark R. Greenwood presented the award.
Neitzel (right) accepts the Excellence through Diversity Award
from Lt. Col. Mark R. Greenwood. (Photo
by Donald Boyea)
"The recipient is known as a person who shows respect,
treats people as they should be treated, and has the integrity to do
what's right, legally and morally," Greenwood said.
Neitzel provides all DSS workers with the opportunities and
training to perform their jobs well, said Greenwood.
"This recipient models commitment to excellence and
diversity by sharing his expectation that all positions in the
directorate are filled by the best qualified, without regard for
gender or race."
Greenwood also cited Neitzel's choice of women for
nontraditional wage-grade and supervisory positions as reasons for
receiving the award.
Neitzel expressed gratitude for the award.
"It certainly is an honor," Neitzel said.
Neitzel reflected on the changes that have occurred at Fort
McCoy since he started here in the early 1970s.
"I can remember when I first started that women did not
play nearly the role that they do today," said Neitzel,
"I'm glad to see that they're (women) getting into all
those career fields and are really breaking that glass ceiling."
The award, first called the Federal Women's Program Outstanding
Achievement Award, originated in 1985 and is open to military and
civilian members of the Fort McCoy work force.
Nominees are evaluated on efforts to improve the status of
women and/or minorities through career fields, personal life or