Jackie Bennett arrived at Redstone in June 1968 as a personnel management staffing specialist in the then Missile Command. After a stellar career, she has decided 48-plus years is long enough.
Bennett, a supervisory human resources specialist in the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, will be honored Thursday at 11 a.m. with a retirement luncheon at The Summit.
Since October 2012, the Oneonta native has served as chief of management employee relations, labor, sustainment division at CPAC, which is part of the Civilian Human Resources Agency.
“Ms. Bennett’s incomparable expertise, leadership and initiative ensured superb support to the complex and dynamic Redstone workforce,” CPAC leadership said in a prepared release. “Her unparalleled reputation of integrity, excellence and tireless effort permeate those she served.
“Ms. Bennett’s outstanding accomplishments and dedication are in keeping with the highest traditions of government. Her service of honor, dignity and professionalism reflect great credit on her, the Civilian Human Resources Agency, the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, and the Department of the Army.”
She served as a personnel management staffing specialist from 1968-69. From 1969-79, Bennett was a supervisory personnel staffing specialist. She served as an employee relations specialist from 1979-84, a supervisory employee relations specialist from 1984-94 and a supervisory human resources specialist from 1994 to present.
She earned a master’s in personnel administration and psychology in 1995 from Alabama A&M University, where she received a bachelor’s in secondary education/English in 1967.
“It’s been both hard and it even got harder,” Bennett said of her career. “But at the end of the day, it was all worth it.”