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.
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,
this time, he was consistently recognized for outstanding service.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
also improved the utilization of the barracks located on site at SSC
by getting them converted from permanent party to training barracks.
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."
improved the efficiency of SSC's housing management and the
utilization of the facilities," Duncan said.