AUSA Hosts Event Honoring Army Civilians

AUSA Hosts Event Honoring Army Civilians

Army civilians taking oath
Photo by: U.S. Army/Kari Hawkins

The Association of the U.S. Army is hosting a ceremony May 4 recognizing 10 Army civilian employees for exceptional performance.

Held in conjunction with Public Service Recognition Week, the “Honoring Army Civilians” ceremony at AUSA’s Arlington, Virginia, headquarters will feature Agnes Schaefer, assistant Army secretary for manpower and reserve affairs.

During the event, Schaefer will honor 10 Army civilians—five will be recognized in person while the other five will be recognized by video.

Online registration to attend the event is available here until May 2. On-site registration is available beginning at 7 a.m. May 4.

The ceremony also will be livestreamed. Registration for the livestream is available here.

For more information about the event, click here.

More than 330,000 people serve as Army civilian employees, filling critical support roles in more than 500 career fields across the force.

This year, Public Service Recognition Week, which honors all government civilian personnel, will be observed May 7–13.

Schaefer has been in the job since December, becoming the Army’s top personnel official as the service undergoes a major shift in how it manages talent across the force. The service also faces an increasingly competitive recruiting environment as well as a stiffening war for talent in areas such as cybersecurity.

“Competition for good talent is fierce right now, and the Army needs to find new ways to convince the American public that it is a welcoming employer that offers a wide range of opportunities to grow a career,” Schaefer told the Senate Armed Services Committee, which considered her nomination during a hearing last February.

Before she was confirmed, Schaefer said, “I will focus efforts on growing talent, building a resilient and ready force, and fostering an atmosphere that builds a safe workplace for all.” She added, “I will sustain and build on the Army’s ongoing efforts to implement innovative strategies to recruit, develop and retain its military and civilian workforces.”