Call to Service Medal Recipients

This medal recognizes a federal employee whose professional achievements reflect the important contributions that a new generation brings to public service and is accompanied by a $5,000 award.

Andrew Rabens—2013 Recipient

Position: Special Advisor for Youth Engagement

Agency: Department of State, Bureau of Near East Affairs

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Led an initiative to engage young leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to share ideas and learn about American democracy

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Jacob M. Taylor—2012 Recipient

Position: Physicist

Agency: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Achievement: Came up with an original scientific theory that could lead to medical imaging in microscopic detail for better health care, while also developing innovative technology to allow greater quantities of data to speed across the Internet with less energy and at lower cost.

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Ann S. Martin—2011 Recipient

Position: Senior Intelligence Research Specialist, Office of Trend and Issue Analysis

Agency: Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

Location: Vienna, Virginia

Achievement: Worked with Mexican officials to study cross-border currency flows and help disrupt the laundering of billions of dollars derived from illicit U.S. drug sales.

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Saskia van Gendt—2010 Recipient

Position: Resource Conservation Expert

Agency: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX

Location: San Francisco, California

Achievement: Fostering a new breed of environmentally-friendly construction and packaging materials that promote reuse, cut down on waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Clare D Rowley—2009 Recipient

Position: Economic Analyst

Agency: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Helped thousands stay in their homes by working to implement IndyMac’s mortgage modification program after the bank failed, and advised the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce foreclosures.

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Alain D. Carballeyra—2008 Recipient

Position: Director of Stereolithography

Agency: U.S. Department of the Air Force, 59th Medical Wing

Location: Lackland AFB, Texas

Achievement: Introducing cutting edge 3-D technology to improve medical care and rehabilitation, and helping restore quality of life for soldiers that have suffered traumatic battle injuries.

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Nicole Faison—2007 Recipient

Position: Director, Office of Public Housing Programs

Agency: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Created income verification program that eliminated more than $2 billion in fraudulent payments by HUD’s rental assistance programs.

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Christina Sanford—2006 Recipient

Position: Special Assistant

Agency: U.S. Department of State

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Served as chief of the legal office at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq and provided critical support for Iraq's democratically elected government.

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Kevin McAleenan—2005 Recipient

Position: Director of Anti-Terrorism

Agency: Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Developed the Office of Anti-Terrorism, which was created soon after 9/11 to help better secure the nation’s ports and borders from terrorists and terrorist weapons.

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Nicole Nelson-Jean—2004 Recipient

Position: Director

Agency: U.S. Department of Energy, Tokyo Office

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Achievement: Led U.S. delegation to the Arctic Circle for negotiations with Russian officials to better secure Russia’s nuclear materials and weapons. This agreement led to the creation of a service and training center for nuclear material and weapons security in Murmansk, Russia.

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Alyson McFarland—2003 Recipient

Position: Program Development Officer

Agency: U.S. Department of State

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: When three North Korean refugees jumped over the wall of the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang, China, seeking asylum, it captured worldwide attention and touched off negotiations within the highest levels of the U.S., Chinese and South Korean governments. Alyson McFarland, one of the consulate’s only Korean-language speakers, helped defuse the situation—a major diplomatic achievement, given that McFarland has been in the State Department only three years.

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Rachel Billingslea—2002 Recipient

Position: Foreign Policy Specialist/Country Director for Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon

Agency: U.S. Department of Defense

Location: The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Achievement: In her three years of federal service, she has played a leading role in developing policies to improve relations with a key U.S. ally and helped advance the formulation of America’s post-Cold War national security policy.

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The Service to America Medals are presented annually by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to celebrate excellence in our federal civil service.

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