Outgoing JBER GM Honored with Prestigious Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award
For Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Exchange General Manager CJ Morganfield, it’s always nice to hear her hard work is appreciated, but rarely does the acknowledgement come in such a prestigious form.
Morganfield was presented with the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Award by 673rd Mission Support Group Commander Col. Jason Delamater for her work in supporting the JBER community during her 2½-year tenure as GM.
“I felt very honored and humbled,” said Morganfield who began her Exchange career 21 years ago as a college trainee at Lackland Air Force Base. “It lets me know that the Exchange is really making a difference in the community.”
The award was presented at a weekly base meeting on behalf of JBER and 673rd Air Base Wing Commander Col. Kirsten Aguilar.
The citation read, in part: “Ms. Morganfield’s leadership was instrumental in supporting 12,000 service members and their families” during her time at JBER. “The distinctive accomplishments of Ms. Morganfield reflect great credit upon herself and the Department of the Air Force.”
Morganfield is preparing to PCS to Fort Hood at the end of the month and takes pride in what the JBER Exchange accomplished under her watch, which was dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Being in the field and going through the pandemic was really hard. We wanted to make sure we were taking care of our associates and the community,” Morganfield said. “It means a lot that we were still able to provide a high standard of service, and the community really appreciated it.”
Among the efforts that stand out is service to 3,000 troops returning from deployment who had to quarantine at JBER. Morganfield and her team jumped into action to provide them with cell service, food delivery and personal shopping.
“They just came back from deployment and were eager to get home, but then they had to quarantine,” Morganfield said. “We were able to give them a little comfort and that bit of normal life.”