JACKVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2022) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District commander U.S. Army Col. James Booth honored Cynthia B. Perez at a retirement ceremony Oct. 24, 2022 in her honor at the district’s headquarters at the Prudential Building downtown Jacksonville.
Employees, leaders, and friends joined the ceremony, and some virtually via Webex to make sure they recognized Perez’s impactful career and unique blend of strong and caring leadership.
Booth presented Perez with a Certificate of Retirement, Jackie Keiser, the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Medal on behalf of Brig. Gen. Daniel Hibner, South Atlantic Division commanding general, for more than 32 years of outstanding and faithful service to the nation.
The medal noted that her accomplishments are indicative of her humility, integrity, and hard work in representing the very best of civil service.
Her colleges and friends extended their remarks and thanks at a luncheon before the ceremony.
"I'm grateful for having great co-workers, good friends and a loving supportive family," said Perez.
She is a native of Bayomon, Puerto Rico and came to the district in 1990.
Perez was recognized for her significant contributions for her lengthy career with the Corps of Engineers. One of her highlights was as the Supplemental Program Manager, Programs and Project Management Division, Jacksonville District, from May 2020 to October 2022, Perez was lauded for her the implementation of the Flood Risk Management projects with almost $4 billion dollar value under the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act and 2022 Disaster Recovery Supplemental Appropriations Act.
Perez said Joe Gurule and Alberto Gonzales were her mentors and provided her with guidance over the years.
“Family is priority number,” said Perez “My husband Luis Rene Perez, four children and three grandchildren are the love of my life that keep me grounded and motivated.”
Perez’s hobbies include camping, traveling, cooking, photography and spending time with her family.
Booth said Perez has been very successful because of her outstanding performance over a 32-year career and consistent ability to empower all those around her, making her and everyone around her better.
Perez’s exceptional leadership, expert management, tireless efforts and commitment to the Civil Works Program reflect great credit upon her, the Jacksonville District, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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