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Col. Philip J. Zimmerman, commanding officer of Cherry Point, greets members of the DEERS and RAPIDS office during a ceremony Aug. 14.

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DEERS, RAPIDS receive site excellence award

22 Aug 2013 | Pfc. Victor A. Arriaga

Cherry Point received a Site Excellence Award from the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Aug. 14 for the outstanding performance and dedication by a team of civilian Department of Defense employees.

The air station’s Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System and Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System office was nominated for their use of resources, training and customer-focused process improvements.

“I am overjoyed that we are being recognized for the hard work we do in here,” said Luann R. Corner, the supervisor for DEERS and RAPIDS. “I think we were presented the award because our customers saw what we were doing and how we exceeded in helping them.”

The excellence award was for fiscal year 2012 and in that time Corner and her team issued 17,128 identification cards and have helped 30,962 people.

“What’s really important to me is that you are trying to improve efficiencies and processes here,” said Col. Philip J. Zimmerman, the air station commanding officer. “I’m just happy to be here to recognize you folks for all the work that you do.”

Cherry Point competed against all other Marine Corps bases and stations to earn the annual award.

“We’re honored that out of all the sites in the Marine Corps, ours was recognized as the best,” said Kent T. Holtberg, a human resources assistant with the office.

Zimmerman also took time to present Corner with a Civil Service Achievement Medal for her work.

“Headquarters Marine Corps looked at the different sites and made the nomination for you,” said Zimmerman. “They recognized that you are not only meeting requirements but also that you are trying to make this a better office.”

Corner’s accomplishments at DEERS and RAPIDS, which contributed to her receiving the achievement medal, included serving as the beta site test manager responsible for the successful testing of new software for two years.

“We wouldn’t have been where we are without her guiding us in the right direction,” said Lateesha D. Taylor, a human resources assistant and coworker. “We feel great that she was honored with the medal. Now we can follow in her footsteps.”

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point