Story and photo by Pfc. Andrew Ingram
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
Connie Roy, Family Readiness Support assistant for the 4th Infantry Division, received the 2010 National Image Inc. Meritorious Service Award on behalf of the Army, during the Department of Defense Awards Banquet at the National Image Conference and Exposition in San Diego April 8.
The award is presented every year to one civilian employee of each DOD branch who exemplifies the qualities and core values of their service.
Roy received the award for 10 years of outstanding service to Soldiers and their Families at Fort Carson.
“She volunteered with the Family Readiness Groups and made them better,” said Master Sgt. Jose Colon, noncommissioned officer in charge of 4th Inf. Div. Equal Opportunity.
Colon said one of Roy’s greatest achievements was developing the Family Readiness Support assistant’s curriculum which is now used Army-wide. Roy’s responsibilities as the 4th Inf. Div.
FRSA include running the Fort Carson Family Readiness Center, planning FRG events and training FRG leaders and FRSAs.
“Her selfless service, her courage in the face of her husband’s prolonged deployments, her loyalty to the organization and the devotion to duty she shows in everything she does makes her the perfect candidate to receive the National Image Award,” said Colon. “She has always been humble and behind the scenes, now she is being rewarded.”
Roy said she was surprised and excited to receive the award.
“I never expected to win an award for what I do,” said Roy.
Roy said she was honored but self conscious of being recognized for her accomplishments in front of people.
“I love what I do, and I think I am good at it, but standing up in front of strangers at a banquet makes me nervous,” Roy said.
Connie said her career with the FRG started when her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Roy, was stationed in Korea from 1991-1992. Stephen is currently serving the Mountain Post as the NCOIC of the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard.
“When my husband went to Korea, I did not know the military very well. I had to learn things the hard way,” she said. “That is what drove me to help other new spouses learn about the Army and all the great benefits and programs that no one shared with me.”
Colon described Roy as humble and willing to stand on the sidelines but she is now being recognized for leading the charge in the fight to protect the Army Family.
The banquet was part of the 38th Annual National Image Inc. Conference and Exposition, a gathering of Hispanic Americans whose goal is the education and success of the U.S. Hispanic community.
A total of 12 National Image, Inc. Meritorious Service Awards are presented each year, one for a civilian employee from each of the services and their reserve components.
The military Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Civilian Equal Employment Opportunity offices of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, National Guard Bureau, Coast Guard and Defense Agencies screen the nominations and select the military and civilian winners based upon the nominees’ distinguished actions.