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MARSOC recognizes ‘Civilian of the Year’

By Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Higgins | Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command | June 16, 2015

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command recognized its 2014 Civilian of the Year during a ceremony at the MARSOC Headquarters at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 3, 2015.

Glen G. Wright, the Marine Special Operations School telecommunications chief, was chosen for the award for successfully managing all data with respect to preventative maintenance, calibrations, modifications and corrective maintenance and ensuring proper accountability and accurate records on nearly 1,500 pieces of equipment.
Wright said it is an honor to have been selected for the award and he accepts it on behalf of all MARSOC civilian employees.

“It was very humbling to be thought of so highly by my peers and supervisors that I would be submitted for an award like this,” Wright said. “(The Civilian of the Year award) is a great tool for (officers-in-charge), Major Subordinate Command commanders, and the (MARSOC) Commanding General to use to inspire civilian employees and reaffirm their commitment to them. Some of the civilian employees have never been in the Marine Corps, or military in general, and it publicly demonstrates the commander’s appreciation of their efforts is the same as he has for those in uniform.”

After 27 years of active-duty service in the Marine Corps, Wright retired and began working with MARSOC in September 2008. At MSOS, he is responsible for training Marines and civilians in corrective and preventative maintenance techniques and services; managing the calibrations control program for all test, measurement, and diagnostic equipment; and managing the tool, modifications and publications control programs. Among many other responsibilities, Wright also performs quality control checks and services for all repairs and preventative maintenance performed on communications equipment.

Ultimately, it was his dedication to his job that inspired Maj. Alfred B. Hammett, the MSOS Communications officer-in-charge, to nominate Wright for the award.

"(Wright) is a true professional who continually demonstrates the true depth and understanding of what makes MARSOC run so smoothly,” said Hammett. “His unwavering support and dedication in the supporting role ensures Marines are able to accomplish their mission while not having to worry about the behind the scenes efforts to maintain equipment sets that support the daily functions of preparing and educating Marines to (deploy)."

Wright attributes his success to two basic factors: his command and his team.

“First, I have an awesome command that not only understands the importance of maintenance and the need to maintain accurate and thorough records, but also understands the obstacles and hurdles maintainers face daily,” he said. “The second is that in the 28 years I have been working in communications maintenance, I work with the best team of civilian and Marine technicians to date.”

In the coming year, Wright said he looks forward to continuing his support to MSOS. He plans to attend and complete advanced Six Sigma (process improvement) training, fabricate deployable communication control methods to support field training exercises, and help prepare his personnel for achieving their own goals including promotions and training.
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