Republican women award scholarships

The Central Texas Republican Women Scholarship Endowment Foundation presented three $1,500 scholarships on May 16.

The Kitty Pope scholarship was awarded to Hannah Albers of Holy Trinity High School in Temple.

The Sonny Pope scholarship was presented to Haylee Young of Salado High School. Young was taking a final exam in a dual class and was unable to attend. Accepting the award on her behalf were her grandparents, E.R. and Billie King.

The Dr. Hiroko DeLoach scholar was Leonardo Herrera from Shoemaker High School in Killeen.

AMVETS honor top JROTC/ROTC cadets

Annually, AMVETS recognizes top cadets in JROTC/ROTC programs.

AMVETS Post 91 in Killeen presented awards at a ceremony at Tarleton State University, giving the following cadets the AMVETS award, which includes a medal and ribbon to wear on their uniforms and a framed certificate:

Daniel Vinson, Central Texas College

Emanuel Asamoa, Texas A&M University Central Texas

William McCarville, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Melanie Morales, Tarleton State University.

The second ceremony was for Copperas Cove High School, held in conjunction with the annual JROTC Ball at the Backbone NCO Club at Fort Hood. Cadet Edward Randlett received the AMVETS award.

Other AMVETS awardees include:

Cadet Cpl. Alexanderea Brooks, Ellison High School

Cadet Lt. Emanuel Ponce, Harker Heights High School

Cadet Capt. Patrick M. Dillingham, Killeen High School

Cadet Capt. Zachary Ayala, Shoemaker High School

Cadet Jonathan Duarte, Temple High School.

Presenting the awards were David McClure, commander of AMVETS Post 91, and Stephen O'Donovan, with assistance from retired Gen. Robert Shoemaker and Wayne Pace, Department of Texas state commander.

IAP team wins Crystal Eagle Award

Longtime Killeen resident Bruce Beitman and his IAP Worldwide Services team at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Base Operations Support Project, recently were awarded the prestigious Crystal Eagle Award for the best overall performing project of the year. The win by Beitman's group followed its reception of the Gold Eagle Award.

"Our IAP team members dedicated themselves to honoring our wounded warriors, a number of whom serve or served at Fort Hood, by creating a healing environment for their recovery. It is my hope that the training support that our team provided at Fort Hood contributed to saving lives and lessened the severity of injuries our soldiers faced," said Beitman, who was project manager for the Johnson Controls Training Support Center contract at Fort Hood from 1986 to 2005. Johnson Controls World Services was acquired by IAP in 2005.

The IAP group maintained a near perfect operations and management performance record in addition to providing a high level of customer satisfaction as WRAMC transitioned to close its doors last September.

U.S. Army Garrison Commander, Col. Peter McHugh, said of IAP: "This is the best staff I have ever seen, military, civilian or contractor. If IAP operates other contracts like you do here at WRAMC, you are one of the best defense contractors in the business."

Beitman said his IAP team deserves those accolades for "the many tireless hours they devoted to the success of the contract, the company, and our mission."

He often visits Killeen to keep up with friends he made during the 19 years in the area.

His wife, Helen, works at Scott & White Hospital and his son, Andrew, attended Killeen schools.

- Compiled by M. Clare Haefner

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