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Eddy Cruz Cruz

2021 Veteran of the Year

Ediberto “Eddy” Cruz Cruz of Monterey, California, humbly accepted GCE’s 2021 Veteran of the Year award. He has a strong sense of duty to colleagues and teammates. “I feel bad about having my whole body when other veterans lost limbs and are in worse shape. That’s hard for them. I try to be grateful and […]

GCE employee Alan Garrone

2021 Team Member of the Year

Alan Garrone from Pensacola, Florida, is GCE’s 2021 Team Member of the Year. Alan started working at GCE 11 years ago. His mom used to work at Navy Federal, Credit Union and when he was at her office, he noticed a bus that dropped off young people his age to work. He asked who they […]

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Journey to benefits call center representative

While she was a talented artist, Crystal Shank didn’t know what career path to pursue or what job she could do given her disability. One thing she did know was that she wanted independence. Little did she know she was embarking on a journey to become a benefits call center representative. In high school, Crystal […]

Tommy" Huynh 2016 team member of the year

2016 Team Member of the Year

When Tan “Tommy” Huynh was 6 years old, he witnessed a horrific crime that resulted in the death of his mother, brother and sister. Years later, he was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him with a physical disability. Following a long recovery, he started working at Naval Air Station Pensacola in 2015, and […]

Bonnie Blades 2019 team member of the year

2019 Team Member of the Year

Bonnie Blaydes of Fairbanks, Alaska, went from being in an abusive relationship to being GCE’s 2019 Team Member of the Year. Her life has been quite a journey. Bonnie struggled with an abusive spouse, but experienced love for the first time when she gave birth to a baby boy. Unfortunately, the addiction she faced was […]

Matt Amendt 2018 team member of the year

2018 Team Member of the Year

Matt Amendt works at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Washington, as a GCE team member. He is the 2018 Team Member of the Year, and his journey to get here came with challenges. In his 30s, Matt realized that his disability was keeping him from holding down a steady job. Matt has ADHD, a condition that […]

GCE employee Allison Ashmore smiling in a cafeteria

2017 Team Member of the Year

The Ashmores are elated that their daughter Allison was chosen to be GCE’s 2017 Team Member of the Year. She works at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. “Our daughter was born developmentally delayed and on the autism spectrum,” said Nancy Ashmore. “Those are her disabilities. Her abilities are that she can take direction very well, […]

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Credentialing and quality assurance team prevailed

Dorothy Clark and the GCE Credentialing and Quality Assurance team prevailed playing an integral role in design and software changes. In March 2020, amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Space Force Academy announced that the inaugural class would graduate early. Therefore, the graduates needed their new CACs sooner than anticipated. Dorothy’s team processed the first batch […]

Wanda Tye 2020 team member of the year

2020 Team Member of the Year

Wanda Tye, who is deaf, has grown in her role as a mail clerk at Fort Rucker to now be the “face” of the U.S. Army Post Mail and Distribution Center. She is the 2020 Team Member of the Year because she is a shining example of GCE’s values who loves helping others. Wanda and […]