I had worked in the same Govenment office as Wayne from June 22, 1998 until I retired December 31, 2011. During that timeframe approximately 13.5 years, I worked under 3 different Office Managers, and witnessed changes in: (1) personnel support, both on the Government and contractor side; (2) Office restructuring and name changes; (3) programs funded, and (4) fleet support. My last desk location was situated across the aisle from Wayne's, during which time I got to know him better. We reminiced about: (1) growing up in Philadelphia prior to the Vietnam draft; (2) the ravages of the Vietnam War; (3) struggles obtaining employment after Wayne had served our country. Here are some examples of Wayne's character, as I viewed them: (Christ-like), that impressed me: (1) his compassion. Wayne would lend assistance to any employee; regardless of whether they were Government or contractor; if they were truly in need. (2) Non-political. He told it like it was, regardless of who you were. (3) "Get-the-Job-Done-Wayne". Wayne could get a job done regardless of in-house roadblocks. He had "Street Smarts". I like to think of him as "Under-the-Radar" Wayne. (4) Wayne led a colorful life, and I would laugh myself sick, on occasion, when he shared these experiences with me. This laughter helped to lift my spirits when I felt burdened, on occasion, with my job responsibilities. (5) Wayne not only suffered physically, from combat-related injuries; but subsequently acquired health-related issues, as well. He suffered in silence, for the most part, until his infirmities got the best of him, and he would have to take off on sick leave. I guess Wayne came to realize that he wasn't "Rambo". Wayne, thank you for serving our country; the positive work ethics you carried into the civilian work-force, thereafter; and your friendship to me. You are one of the many veterans who faithfully served our country; but yet do not always get the appropriate recognition they truly deserve. May you rest in peace.
Posted by Mary S. Williams