Guam – U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Public Affairs Officer Annette Donner received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the third highest civilian award for Navy employees Dec. 14.
The award is given to employees for service or contributions resulting in high value or benefit to the Department of Navy.
NBG Commanding Officer Capt. Mike Ward presented Donner with the award and a retirement certificate during a ceremony at the base headquarters in Santa Rita. Donner will retire Dec. 28 after five years of civilian service.
Donner and her two children arrived on Guam in 1974. A freelance writer and avid scuba diver, she honed her journalism and photography skills working as a reporter for Guam Cable TV, KUAM and K57 radio. Residents may know her for the cultural documentary “Guam’s Liberation” she produced.
In 2006, she was hired as the protocol civilian-military community liaison officer for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas and the Joint Guam Program Office. In 2008, she was appointed the community liaison officer for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas.
Donner was named NBG’s public affairs officer in 2009 and has since provided tremendous support to the installation to include coordinating events such as Back to Sumay Day and All Soul’s Day memorial ceremony at Sumay Cemetery; and working closely with Guam mayors to foster relationships between the military and island community.
She prepares to take on her next journey Jan. 1 at the Baha’i World Center protocol office in Haifa, Israel.
“The adventure beckons always,” she said. “It’s always hard to leave Guam and this job, and all the people I work with.”