Grubbs named TAD Employee of the Quarter

Published March 29, 2019
TAD Commander Col. Mark C. Quander, presents the Employee of the Quarter Award for Oct-Dec 2018 to Transatlantic Division Emergency Management Specialist Carey L. Grubbs, during a ceremony held at the TAD headquarters in Winchester, Va. in Feb. 28, 2019. Quander lauded Grubbs for his great work, spearheading several highly visible and planning-intensive initiatives for TAD’s Plans and Operations Center.

TAD Commander Col. Mark C. Quander, presents the Employee of the Quarter Award for Oct-Dec 2018 to Transatlantic Division Emergency Management Specialist Carey L. Grubbs, during a ceremony held at the TAD headquarters in Winchester, Va. on Feb. 28, 2019. Quander lauded Grubbs for his great work, spearheading several highly visible and planning-intensive initiatives for TAD’s Plans and Operations Center.

Transatlantic Division Emergency Management Specialist Carey L. Grubbs was recently named TAD Employee of the Quarter for Oct-Dec 2018, during a ceremony held at the TAD headquarters in Winchester, Va.

The award was presented by TAD Commander Col. Mark C. Quander, who lauded Grubbs for his great work, spearheading several highly visible and planning-intensive initiatives for TAD’s Plans and Operations Center.

“Carey leads TAD’s Continuity of Operations Program, expertly executing the annual COOP exercise and collecting vital lessons-learned for future planning efforts.” Quander said. “Through his exceptional dedication, commitment and initiative, Carey has ensured TAD procedures were in place in order to execute this crucial event and bolster the command’s knowledge should the need arise.”

Grubbs was also instrumental in making improvements to the process used to medically evacuate USACE patients from contingency environments. Working with the USACE Europe District, and through discussions with the U.S. Army Europe Deputy Chief of Staff, 62nd FEST Advance Team, and the USACE MEDEVAC LNO, Grubbs captured key concerns and provided the TAD Administrative Personnel Processing Office with critical information for processing patients quickly in order to get them to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for treatment prior to their trip home.

“Carey demonstrated tremendous initiative in accomplishing all of these key tasks,” said TAD Deputy Chief of Plans and Operations Bill Fritz. “His coordination with all parties ensured their smooth execution and his follow-up in each case was exceptional. He wrote an extremely professional trip report for the Europe engagements that captured everything required to frame any follow-on requirements. His after action review of the COOP exercise captured both what was done well and places where TAD could implement improvements.”

Fritz said Carey received “extremely laudatory comments” from his peers and customers alike. 

Expertly planned and coordinated all requirements for the COOPEX with the 167th Air Wing to ensure procedures were in place for TAD to execute this important event.

Carey also developed a prototype program to track travel requirements for TAD personnel. He personally coordinated with each travel process stakeholder while developing the travel tracker program to ensure all requirements were captured and addressed in the program. The travel tracker—once tested and implemented—will ensure all personnel meet all requirements prior to receiving authorization to travel.

“Carey is a very humble employee who never seeks recognition for his many achievements,” Fritz said. “He works diligently to carry out each assigned task and frequently steps forward to assist others when needed. He offers assistance without any direction and contributes significantly toward the successful completion of the task at hand.  He is truly a ‘team player,’ willing to go well beyond what is expected to accomplish the mission.”


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division serves as USACE’s tip of the spear in one of the most dynamic construction environments in the world, STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS, BUILDING CAPACITY, and ENHANCING SECURITY for our nation, allies, and partners. 

We deliver agile, responsive, and innovative, design, construction, engineering and contingency solutions in support of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command and other global partners to advance national security interests.

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