Army Materiel Command Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Bob Harter presented plaques to eight members of the headquarters’ Office of Executive Services during a Dec. 18 recognition held in conjunction with a retirement ceremony for team member Mark Records.
Records served as an executive driver for AMC and retired after 16 years of federal service. Prior to his time at AMC, he served as an executive driver at the White House from 1992-97 where he drove for high-level dignitaries including Gen. Colin Powell and Gen. Norman Schwartzkof.
Throughout his career, he served as the primary driver for visits of the Chairman of Defense of Qatar, the Secretaries and Chiefs of Staff of the Army, the Sergeant Major of the Army, members of Congress, and an extensive list of distinguished visitors to AMC and Redstone Arsenal.
He served as executive driver for AMC when the command was located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, driving for Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger and Gen. Ann Dunwoody, before moving to Redstone Arsenal with the command in 2011.
In addition to his plaque and gifts from the team, Records received a Department of the Army Certificate of Retirement and personal congratulatory notes from AMC Deputy Commander and Redstone Arsenal Senior Commander Lt. Gen. Donnie Walker, AMC Executive Deputy to the Commanding General Lisha Adams, and former AMC command sergeants major Rodger Mansker and Mellinger.
“Mr. Records’ unparalleled expertise, work ethic and ability to get things done realized zero accidents and incidents during a 10-year period, resulting in a successful distinguished visitor driving program,” Harter said. “His keen knowledge and leadership skills equipped him with the ability to accomplish the most major tasks within limited time constraints.”
Anthony Arcuri, Jonathan Holmes, Elida Godsey, Earl Johnson, Vivica Stokes, Sara Thompson and Victor Blade also received plaques for their exceptional service during the command’s leadership transition and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mission of the Office of Executive Services is three-fold: to support and promote the strategic outreach and engagements goals of the commanding general, serve as the office responsible for all distinguished visitor visits, and facilitate synchronized efforts between Team Redstone organizations and AMC subordinate units.
Thompson said the pandemic has affected operations, especially in-person attendance at events.
“We’ve had to get creative in our planning processes ensuring we adhere to the guidance by the commanding general, chief of staff, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our local governing authorities,” she said.
Each plaque the team members received included a personal note from AMC Commander Gen. Ed Daly which read in part, “Their achievements, dedication and exemplary performance are in keeping with the highest traditions of government service and reflect great credit upon each of them, United States Army Materiel Command and the Department of the Army.”