The head of the U.S. Army's Installation Command will honor the longtime deputy to Fort Leavenworth's garrison commander in a ceremony Thursday.
Jack Walker, a retired lieutenant colonel who has served as the civilian advisor to the position known as the “mayor” of the post since 1985, will receive the Exceptional Civilian Service Award from Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, commanding general of U.S. Army Installation Command, in a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday in the main ballroom of the Frontier Conference Center on the fort.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions the nominees' respective installations. Walker has been a constant for Fort Leavenworth, serving for 28 consecutive years despite changes in the uniformed garrison commander position about every two years.
According to information from the Army, Walker was one of six awardees for the Exceptional Civilian Service Award named in April 2013.
Established by the War Department in December 1945, the Exceptional Civilian Service Award is the highest honor bestowed on non-uniformed Army employees. Walker was reportedly “humbled” by the award, but declined to comment publicly on the honor.
The ceremony is open to the public. Parking on Fort Leavenworth is available at the Frontier Conference Center parking lot, which is across the street from the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Visitors should enter Grant Gate at Seventh Street and Metropolitan Avenue intersection in the far right lane. All persons 16 years old and older should have a government issued identification card, such as a driver’s license, available. Expect some delays entering the fort because of security requirements.