Mr. Gary R. Cassevah was awarded the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Dec. 4.

Mr. Cassevah was presented the award in recognition of his service as director of Marine Corps Community Services Beaufort, South Carolina from January of 2006
to October of this year. On top of working aboard MCAS Beaufort, Mr. Cassevah has a culminated 45 years of government service.

Gary Cassevah speaks to Col. Timothy Miller during his award presentation aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Dec. 4. Cassevah was presented the award in recognition
of his service as director of Marine Corps Community Services Beaufort, South Carolina from January 2006 to October of this year. Miller is the commanding
officer of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

According to the Department of Defense, the award is the highest honorary award the Secretary of the Navy can confer on a Department of the Navy civilian employees
who have given distinguished or extraordinary service. The award is reserved for contributions that are so unusual or significant that recognition at the secretary of
the Navy level is deserved.

“This award was very well deserved,” said Col. Timothy Miller the commanding officer of MCAS Beaufort. “It is only fitting that it was presented in front of the staff and peers Mr. Cassevah has helped support and worked with over the years.”

As well as serving as the Director of MCCS Beaufort for the past 12 years, Mr. Cassevah has been a civilian employee for over 45 years. He has been a part of the naval audit service as well as working aboard Camp Lejeune doing management engineering work before moving to MCCS where he worked aboard both Camp Lejeune and MCAS Beaufort.

Gary Cassevah shakes hands with Col. Timothy Miller during his award presentation aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Dec. 4. Cassevah was presented the award in recognition of his service as director of Marine Corps Community Services Beaufort, South Carolina from January 2006 to October of this year. Miller is the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

“When I first got here there were issues that needed to be resolved with finances and the workforce,” Cassevah said. “It took some time and we had to refocus ourselves but I think we did a pretty good job of fixing it. The people in the organization now believe in what our mission of taking care of Marines and Sailors and their families.”

According to their website, MCCS is a comprehensive set of programs that support and enhance the operational readiness, war fighting capabilities, and life quality of Marines, their families, retirees and civilians. Their programs includes employment, education and transition assistance; fitness and recreation, deployment support and family team building, child care and youth activities, prevention, counseling and victim support; golf courses; dining and entertainment; and shopping.

“The reason I think everything worked so well when I was here was the great relationship between the command and MCCS,” Cassevah said. “That is the main thing I think that sets us apart from the other MCC’s. Out of 45 years of government service these past 12 years have been the most fulfilling in my career by far and I take pride in knowing that the Marines aboard the air station and Parris Island are in good hands.”