Each year, Knight Federal’s Employee of the Year (EOY) award recognizes the outstanding qualities and contributions of employees towards Knight Federal’s goals and mission. Knight Federal recognizes that driven and loyal employees empower an organization. This annual award recipient for 2020 is Jerry Henderson for his exceptional efforts over the past year, first and foremost, for the backbone of Joint Theater Level Simulation (JTLS) support at JSJ7.
Jerry was responsible for being the primary trainer and mentor to three new KFS JTLS techs throughout the year. Despite having to work a COVID 19 restricted training schedule Jerry ensured that new techs learned their primary support role and continued to grow and refine their skills throughout the year. Even when exercises were cancelled because of COVID restrictions Jerry maintained a positive attitude and found ways to keep training the JTLS team.
Jerry was the primary technical support lead for Pacific Fury 21-1, a TS level JTLS exercise taking place in the SCIF at JSJ7. This exercise taking place on the JWICS exercise network had challenges beyond running a normal JTLS exercise. New servers had to be put into operation on the JWICS network. Jerry also assisted in supporting message testing between JTLS and TCSP despite this not being a direct support requirement for JTLS and PF21-1. Despite being in COVID 19 isolation protocols, Jerry supported execution of PF 21-1 with over the phone support and troubleshooting. His troubleshooting skills during the Internal Look 21 (IL21) event testing phases contributed to the success of LOTS integrating to the rest of the JLVC federation contributing to savings in budget and manpower.
Self-taught on JLVC federation tools, JSPA and JAWS, he was able to be the lead troubleshooter for the event. Recipient of numerous kudos from the government, his performance is in keeping with the highest standards and is a credit to KFS and the Joint Staff J7 Tech Support Team.
The Employee of the Year will receive:
- A gift card for $50
- A framed certificate recognizing their accomplishments
- A Knight Federal imprinted leather notebook
Nominate an Employee
Complete the EOY Nomination Form and submit it to the program manager Murray Hess. Anyone may nominate an employee. Nomination forms may be submitted at any time.
Nominations are due December 1.
The EOY Committee will meet on a annual basis. The committee will assure that the nominee meets all of the basic requirements. The committee will consider the following contributing qualities when making the award selection:
- Longevity and performance
- Contributions to the Knight Federal community
- Contributions to his or her office
- Contributions to the outside community
- Awards or recognition received