Army civilian wins National Image Award in Korea
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — A U.S. Army civilian here was selected as the 2012 winner of the National Image, Inc., Meritorious Service Award.
Sterling Akins, a family readiness support assistant for the 168th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, received the award for his efforts with the Equal Employment Opportunity Program in 2010 and 2011.
The National Image Award honors military members and Department of Defense civilians who embody the core values of their service or agency.
As the family readiness support assistant for the battalion, Akins serves as the commander's primary advisor on the Family Readiness Program.
He also serves as the battalion’s EEO representative, assisting the needs of the 168th MMB civilian employees.
“There are several aspects of my job that I enjoy. However, my favorite if I could only choose one, is making sure that the families members are taken care of and that they are well informed of what is going on in the community,” said Akins.
Akins said, “Korea is unique and has a lot to offer those family members willing to explore and enjoy that experience of living abroad.”
“I’m overwhelmed,” said Akins, “I’m very honored and humbled by this honor.”
Akins said the award came as a surprise to him because he just considered what he was doing to be a normal part of his job.