Farrar captures 599th Civilian of the Year award

Jesse Farrar, the 599th Transportation Brigade's Outstanding Civilian of the Year for 2013, posses by the M/V Green Point during port operations at Yokohama North Dock, Japan, Oct. 18, 2011. (U.S. Army photo by Makoto

Jesse Farrar, the 599th Transportation Brigade’s Outstanding Civilian of the Year for 2013, posses by the M/V Green Point during port operations at Yokohama North Dock, Japan, Oct. 18, 2011. (U.S. Army photo by Makoto
Mizoi, 836th Transportation Battalion)

By Donna Klapakis
599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii — When considering the attributes of personnel who will be selected as employee of the year, those who are successful almost always bring something extra to their work.

Jesse Farrar, the 599th Transportation Brigade 2013 Outstanding Civilian of the Year, is not only willing to go the extra mile to accomplish his own tasks; he is also always willing to help others when they have a problem.

Gus Espree, 836th Transportation Battalion administrative officer, chose Farrar for his mentor.

“He always listens before he gives an answer or response to anything. He’s very thorough in how he provides information,” Espree said.

Amy Nowak, 599th Trans. Bde. SHARP victim advocate, deals with Farrar because he fulfills the role of 836th Trans. Bn. victim advocate as an additional duty. She also commented on Farrar’s helpfulness.

“Even though he is wearing a lot of different hats, anytime we want something from him, it’s easy. He always takes the time to get us the answers we need,” Nowak said.

Although Farrar is the service contract administrator for the 836th Trans. Bn. stationed at Yokohama, Japan, he also became the budget specialist when the executive officer left.

“He has made my job easier,” said Sgt. Maj. Bradley Waters, 836th Trans. Bn. senior noncommissioned officer. “He’s a wealth of knowledge. If something pops up about the budget or different fundings, he’s the first person I go to. He always pauses and explains everything to me that I need to know.”

Farrar was in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1982 to 1989, where he worked as an ammunition technician. He was stationed in Redstone Arsenal, Ala.; Camp LeJeune, N.C.; and El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, Calif.

Farrar said he has worked for SDDC at the 836th Trans. Bn. for about three years, before which he was a contract performance evaluator at Tripler Army Medical Center. During his time at Tripler, he went to Afghanistan, where he worked as a joint acquisition review administrator. He said he acted as a liaison for the ground units at Camp Phoenix between logistics and the resource management shops to ensure that contract requirements were approved on time so the troops could get supplies, equipment and services when they needed them.

As the service contract administrator, Farrar provides advice and assistance to the battalion commander on all procurement and contractual matters. In that capacity he acts as ordering officer for stevedore and related terminal service contracts in Yokohama and for all other ports in the southern areas of Japan.

When asked why he thought he was awarded civilian of the year for the brigade, Farrar said it would be better to ask those who had selected him for the recognition, but that he always tried to bring something extra to the job in terms of honesty, loyalty and commitment to working for the government.

Regarding Farrar’s commitment, Espree said, “I have always thought highly of him. He is very professional; wants to do what is right.  I want to model myself on him. I wanted someone to be my mentor who was insightful based on his many years of being a civilian.”

Gregory “Ben” Benjamin, 599th Trans. Bde. traffic management specialist, said he deals with Farrar in his main capacity of contracting about once a week.

“He is one of the greatest assets we have in the brigade, and he is doing one of the most important jobs,” Benjamin said. “Without contracts, we can’t work.”

“He is the absolute best in the contracting career field. He is a master at his craft,” Benjamin added.