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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
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Date: October 6, 2008
No: 08-34

Natick’s Chief of Family Housing retires after 34+ years of service

Lt. Col. Kari Otto, garrison commander, U.S. Army Garrison (USAG), Natick (left), Gerard Dwyer, chief, Family Housing Office, USAG, Natick, and Command Sgt. Maj. Mittie Smith, USAG, Natick (right), at a retirement and award ceremony for Dwyer on Sept. 30. (Photo by Rob Hawley.)

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NATICK, Mass. --   Gerard Dwyer, chief, Family Housing Office, Directorate of Public Works (DPW), U.S. Army Garrison (USAG), Natick, retired Sept. 30 after more than 34 years of government service.

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1971-1979, Dwyer began his civilian career working in family housing for Fort Polk, La., in 1982. He also served as the Housing Chief at 29 Palms in California, and from 2000-2004, as the Facilities Director for the Naval District Region, Washington, D.C.

During this time, he was consistently recognized for outstanding service.

From 2004 to the current time, Dwyer has managed the 78 USAG, Natick, government-owned family housing units for the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC), which are at five separate locations.

Dave Duncan, chief, Engineering Division, DPW, said, "Mr. Dwyer's extensive family housing expertise was very beneficial to both Soldiers and civilians at USAG, Natick. He was resourceful and used outside-the-box thinking in order to deal with challenges."

One initiative implemented by Dwyer was the DoD Civilian Rental Program. In 2005, a program to rent unoccupied quarters to DoD employees who work at the SSC was implemented.

This program created a revenue stream of $500,000 that is used for the upgrades of housing units and their grounds, which in turn results in a better quality of life for Soldiers using the housing, as well as increasing the occupancy rates for SSC's Family Housing.

In addition to the Civilian Rental Program, another project that Dwyer said he was particularly proud of was the upgrades to all of the family housing units.

During his tenure, Dwyer created and oversaw all upgrade and renovation projects for SSC's family housing. And during renovations of 24 units, Dwyer personally took a key leadership role to ensure the work was kept on track.

Dwyer also improved the utilization of the barracks located on site at SSC by getting them converted from permanent party to training barracks.

"The majority of the users [of the barracks] are the Soldiers who are temporarily located here to be Human Research Volunteers," he said, "and having the barracks be training barracks justified the need for the dining hall."

"He improved the efficiency of SSC's housing management and the utilization of the facilities," Duncan said.


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