• Majors earns award from Federal Executive Board

  • Tony Majors receives community service award.

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  • Christopher Burnett | Staff Writer
    Tony Majors, an analyst with the Training Management Directorate, Combined Arms Center – Training, received an award for community service from the Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board at its Public Employees Recognition Day awards ceremony May 10.
    Majors’ supervisor, Michael Higginbottom, chief of the Training Management System, Training Management Directorate, CAC-T, nominated him for the award. Higginbottom said Majors characterizes excellence with his on-the-job professionalism and his volunteer support activities within the community.
    “Tony is a very unassuming gentleman who volunteers numerous hours in support of our community through his prison ministry, helping the homeless and working with the underprivileged,” Higginbottom said. “He also serves on the board of directors of the Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope, which is an organization that provides a homeless shelter as a safe place for those in need.”
    Higginbottom said Majors coordinates the shelter’s 70-person staff each week and assists the Shelter of Hope through fundraising, financial support and volunteering as a shift leader during the night.
    “You won’t find a more deserving individual for an award like this than Tony,” Higginbottom said. “His co-workers recognize him as a positive role model who exemplifies the spirit of service of the federal workforce.”
    Higginbottom said Majors has been a Bible study leader at the Lansing Correctional Facility since 2012, teaching the core values of service, integrity and respect to groups of 15-80 inmates in recurring sessions. He said Majors has also voluntarily served as an Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program manager for the past six years.
    “Tony voluntarily mentors other federal employees regarding SHARP responsibilities,” Higginbottom said. “In this role, he provides the recurring training throughout the year and provides advocacy services to any victims of sexual assault.”
    Majors said among the primary reasons for becoming a volunteer are many lessons learned while overcoming specific obstacles at various stages during his life. He said much of what he does is grounded in the principles of his Christian faith.
    “First, I must state that all of the work I am involved with would not occur if it weren’t for lots of involvement and assistance from many other people, too,” Majors said. “It’s not just about me. I’m fortunate to be involved with constructive projects that are designed to help people in their daily lives. This type of recognition humbles me.”
    Majors grew up in Leavenworth. He retired from the Army in 2008 at Fort Sill, Okla., after serving 21 years and immediately entered federal service as a civilian. After moving back to his hometown to work on the post at CAC-T, he said getting involved with the community was a natural thing to do.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I grew up with three other siblings in a single-mother home,” Majors said. “I understand struggle, hardship and positive determination from the first-hand experiences of my life. To be able to serve others by providing proven effective tactics that may be of substantial help to them is important to me. It’s my way of giving back.”
    Majors said the prison ministry serves as a way to let inmates know that they are not alone as much as it is about providing helpful life-skills.
    “Many of the inmates simply need to know that they are not forgotten. I’ve had relatives and friends incarcerated,” Majors said. “I understand the need to recognize a person’s humanity in addition to any mistakes they have made. My ministry provides the practical tools to address these things in an inmate’s life constructively.”
    Majors was excited to share the work done by the Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope. He said a recent fundraising campaign to build a 6,000 square foot facility to house three entities is halfway to its $600,000 goal.
    “The Shelter of Hope provides over 330 beds each month — a safe place for poor and homeless individuals and families. The Day Center of Leavenworth and Welcome Central assist with basic needs,” Majors said. “All three of these entities help individuals and families re-establish a stable foundation in their lives.”
    Majors said helping disadvantaged children is important to him. He said he assists in this area by serving as vice president of the Leavenworth Churches United for Our Youth organization.
    “This group has awarded over $5,000 in scholarships to area young people who have been active in their local churches,” Majors said. “We also do other tangible and necessary things like back-to-school haircuts. These types of initiatives are in addition to giving over 350 backpacks containing school supplies to disadvantaged children each year.”
    A colleague at CAC-T, Diane Stephens, works with Majors as a senior training analyst. She said Majors’ involvement in programs helping the abused and discarded in society is encouraging to her.
    “He is a humble man who doesn’t self-promote, but I know that he is involved in many charitable programs and activities,” Stephens said. “In addition to the benevolence in his personal life, at TMD he is always the consummate professional. No matter the situation or stress level, he interacts with everyone utilizing respect, kindness and a genuine smile.”
    The Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board includes 150 federal agencies in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Platte, Ray and Wyandotte counties, which together are the largest employer in the region.
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