A Heidelberg-based civilian took top honors at an awards ceremony recognizing employee excellence at the Army’s Installation Management Agency.

Michael Damico, food program manager for the agency’s European headquarters, was given the Stalwart Award for 2004. The agency named him top employee among those serving in staff offices in its seven regions and headquarters.

Damico founded a development program with quarterly video-teleconference training for all food service personnel in Europe. His price negotiations with commercial vendors have also saved the government money on bulk items, according to an Army news release.

Each region nominates one employee from its headquarters and three from the field. The ceremony took place Nov. 17 at For Bliss, Texas.

France honors USAFE’s Lichte

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s second in command received one of the French government’s highest honors, the National Order of Merit, in a ceremony this week at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The USAFE vice commander, Lt. Gen. Arthur J. Lichte, accepted the award Tuesday for distinguished service from the French air force chief of staff, Gen. Richard Wolsztynski, according to a USAFE news release.

The USAFE vice commander’s responsibilities include negotiations with foreign officials, and Wolsztynski lauded Lichte’s promotion of positive U.S.-French relations, the release said.

Lichte has been the USAFE vice commander since December of 2002, after serving as the director of plans and programs for Air Mobility Command headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

He is the first USAFE vice commander to receive the honor, according to the USAFE release.

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