The Fort Detrick Alliance announced seven service award winners at the organization’s annual appreciation dinner on January 6th 2016. Approximately 150 people attended the banquet at Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery near Thurmont, including 14 elected officials from the State, County and City as well as leaders from local businesses, nonprofits, private citizens and supporters of Fort Detrick.
Major General Brian Lein addressed the crowd, with opening remarks by Congressman John Delaney. Both acknowledged the significant value of cooperative relationships between community members, Fort Detrick and its 11,000+ employees, and government entities in supporting regional economic vitality and national security.
Delaney noted that the installation is a singular asset to the area, “You get the best economic outcome when you have collaboration…for the common good of the citizens.”
Major General Brian Lein, Commanding General U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command of Fort Detrick, shared an overview of highlights from 2015. He touched on the opening of the new gate and visitor center, the new commander, beautification projects and security upgrades, as well as medical advances on the horizon. He stressed that current world events require continued readiness, especially in keeping service members safe and providing optimal combat casualty care. Looking to the future, Maj. Gen. Lein said he is encouraging those at Fort Detrick to become more involved in the community and praised STEM programs, such as those associated with the Fort Detrick Alliance, stating, “Children in STEM are our legacy.” He ended his remarks with “One Frederick, One Fort Detrick.”
The Fort Detrick Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to building relationships between Fort Detrick and the region. New Executive Director, Eileen Mitchell, says the dinner was a touching testament to this area’s cooperative atmosphere, setting the tone for further progress in 2016. It was made possible by generous sponsors: Battelle, Hood College, Maryland Department of Commerce, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., The City of Frederick Maryland, Washington County Maryland, CorpOHS, and Frederick County Bank.
Colonel Mark L. Hoke Fort Detrick Distinguished Service Award
– Dr. John Frazier Glenn
Dr. Glenn retired on December 31, 2015, as Principal Assistant for Research and Technology of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC). Glenn started his active duty with the Army after finishing graduate studies. His 45-year career includes contributing to the first draft of the Department of Defense 5000-series guidelines for defense acquisition and serving with the Program Executive Office for Combat Medical Systems. Friends and colleagues acknowledge his dedication to “taking care of those who have taken care of us.” Major General Lein offered high praise for Glenn, telling banquet attendees “Tens of thousands of soldiers are alive today because of his dogged dedication.”
Ambassador of the Year Award – Richard Griffin
Richard Griffin is Director of Economic Development for the City of Frederick, Maryland. Griffin served as President of the Fort Detrick Alliance in 2013. He is honored for his enduring contributions to Frederick’s positive business environment and his energetic support of the Fort Detrick Alliance.
Volunteer of the Year Award – Joe Parsley
Joe Parsley is owner of Frederick Shell Carwash. Started in 1984, Parsley’s community-oriented business participates with many organizations in the Frederick community, including fundraisers for the Fort Detrick Alliance STEM Education Programs, Frederick County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, and others.
Good Samaritan Award – Michael Dickson
The Fort Detrick Alliance Good Samaritan Award recognizes someone who exemplifies extraordinary concern for others, especially those in need. Michael Dickson, farmer and founder of Seed of Life Nurseries/CSA, partnered with the Alliance and the Maryland Food Bank, going above and beyond to ensure that hungry citizens have enough to eat.
Unsung Hero of the Year – Chris Bickel
Chris Bickel served as an infantryman in Iraq. During his second tour (2006) he was severely wounded when a rocket hit his Humvee blowing off a good portion of his right leg. He endured 16 surgeries and continuing PTSD [Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder]. Bickel is dedicated to serving country and community, often acting as an advocate for fellow service members. He recently participated with the Fort Detrick Alliance’s Evening on the Riviera fundraising event committee in support of higher education for veterans.
Gloria Parsley – Outgoing Executive Director
Gloria Parsley was presented a plaque for her undying sacrifice and devotion to the Fort Detrick Alliance’s mission during her 2+ years as Executive Director. Her plaque, presented by 2016 President Harold Modrow, proclaimed, “You made all the difference,” an homage to her standard salutation on Alliance correspondence, “Together we can make a difference.”
Diane Yarnell – Outgoing Board Member
Diane Yarnell is a GRSi representative and former secretary for the Alliance (2013). Yarnell says, “Being part of the Alliance is a great way to further support our local war fighters and their families.” GRSi is a defense contractor providing people, engineering and technology. Yarnell is instrumental in her company’s annual “Golf with a Soldier” fundraiser, participates in the Alliance’s monthly food distributions, and supports many other community benefit efforts.
2016 Board of Directors
Harold Modrow, President
Cheryl Hull, Vice President
James Swearengen, Secretary
Christine Limparis, Treasurer
Thomas Gladstone, Immediate Past President