Gilbert Ramon, a General Supply Specialist at the Logistics Division was named the 2013 USAISR Civilian of the Year. Photo by Steven Galvan
By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
03 MARCH 2014
For the second year in a row, the Civilian of the Year at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) was selected from the Logistics Division. Gilbert Ramon, a General Supply Specialist, was recognized January 30 when he was presented the Civilian of the Year certificate by the USAISR Commander, Col. (Dr.) Michael A. Weber during a Soldier/Civilian awards ceremony.
“It feels awesome being selected civilian of the year,” Ramon said. “It shows that the work that I do here makes a difference, especially for the wounded warrior.”
Ramon has been working at the USAISR for almost 7 years and said he believes he was selected for this honor because he always provides the best customer service.
“This award is well deserved,” said Leila Rathburn, Chief of Logistics Division. “He is a unique individual within the command. He makes each customer a priority and provides excellent customer service.”
The 22-year Army veteran attributes his work ethic to the time he spent in the military where he started off as a tank driver and worked his way up to tank commander and retiring as a First Sergeant. “The best one!” he said.
One of the best things that Ramon likes about his job is being able to work in a place that makes a difference in helping wounded warriors.
“He excels in coordinating and orchestrating timely procurements and shipments to ensure that research protocols are conducted on schedule,” Rathburn said. “His aggressive approach is instrumental in contributing to the success of the combat casualty care research mission.”
Ramon’s work philosophy is simple.
“Work hard and provide the best customer service,” he said.
It is also the advice that he offers to anyone who would like to be recognized as a future Civilian of the Year at the USAISR. Ramon also added that everyone should strive to improve their work performance every day.
“You have to do your best at all times, even if it seems like there’s not enough time in a day to accomplish what needs to be done,” Ramon said.
Ramon plans to continue providing the best customer service and giving his best every day and attributes his success to his family.
“They have always stood by me and believed in me,” he said.