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Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Employee Beth Ann Heckman Shuttlesworth Earns Governor’s Award for Excellence

Annville, PA - Today, Governor Wolf presented Beth Ann Heckman Shuttlesworth, executive assistant to Pennsylvania’s adjutant general, with a Governor’s Award for Excellence for her selfless dedication to supporting the department’s dual mission of providing quality service to the commonwealth’s 820,000 veterans and their families, and to overseeing and supporting the nearly 20,000 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG).

The award recognizes commonwealth employees for exemplary job performance or service that reflects initiative, leadership, innovation, and increased efficiency. Shuttlesworth is one of 47 state employees from 10 agencies honored for 2017.

“Beth’s professionalism, work ethic and outstanding attitude make her an indispensable resource,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the DMVA. “She is a great independent thinker and self-starter, which is absolutely critical to direct the abundance of administrative functions in our high-tempo, multi-mission department.

“Spanning more than 30 years of service to seven adjutant generals, Beth has established herself as an invaluable asset thanks to her ability to coordinate and communicate effectively across multiple state agencies, with military commands at all levels, and in support of international partnerships.”

In 2017, Shuttlesworth played a key role in supporting Carrelli and the third largest National Guard in the country with a variety of military training and operations on the state, federal and international levels. This includes guardsmen deploying globally to numerous countries; multiple national deployments during hurricane relief efforts; and state active duty severe weather search and rescue missions. Shuttlesworth also provided tremendous depth and breadth of support for programs and services for a state with the fourth largest veteran population in the country, including the operation of six state veterans’ homes.

“These critical National Guard and veterans missions require a great deal of coordination to execute and operate smoothly,” said Carrelli. “Beth is the single point of contact for all communications, staffing, appointments, travel and administration from all entities to my office. Her commitment and professionalism has directly led to many of the successes of this department over the past three decades.”

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