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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Fort official receives top award

  • While Jack Walker said he was honored and humbled to receive accolades Thursday, the longtime deputy to Fort Leavenworth's garrison commander didn't feel he deserved the recognition.
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  • While Jack Walker said he was honored and humbled to receive accolades Thursday, the longtime deputy to Fort Leavenworth's garrison commander didn't feel he deserved the recognition.
    Walker said the work he does is what he loves to do. And he credited his fellow employees for making Fort Leavenworth what it is.
    But Col. Timothy R. Wulff, Fort Leavenworth's garrison commander, said Walker deserves every award and accolade that comes his way.
    Walker, who's served as the deputy to the garrison commander for 28 years, was presented the Exceptional Civilian Service Award Thursday during a ceremony at Fort Leavenworth. He also was presented a plaque honoring him for 55 years of service to the federal government, which includes the time he spent in the Army as well as his work as a civilian.
    "That is incredible," Wulff said of Walker's length of service.
    The Exceptional Civilian Service Award is the Army's highest award for civilian employees.
    "No one on post has one," Jeff Wingo, public affairs officer for the garrison, said before Thursday's ceremony.
    Retired Lt. Gen. Robert Arter, civilian aide to the secretary of the Army for Kansas, praised Walker during the ceremony.
    "The effects of your contribution will endure for all times," Arter said.
    Arter and Walker unveiled the Exceptional Civilian Service Award, which had been framed with the award's citation.
    The plaque honoring Walker for 55 years of federal service was presented by Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, commander of the Army's Installation Management Command.
    In addition to praising his fellow employees, Walker thanked the garrison commanders and command sergeants major he's worked with at Fort Leavenworth.
    "These are bright folks," he said.
    He said they're dedicated to taking care of people and the Army's property.
    Walker also thanked his wife, Doris. Without her help and understanding, none of what he has today would have been possible, he said.
    During his remarks, Walker also quipped he hopes his tombstone will state something other than the fact that Elvis Presley had been his driver.
    Arter earlier made a reference to Presley having been a driver for Walker in the Army.
    "I can tell you all he was a great soldier," Walker said of the legendary singer.
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