NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 9, 2015) – A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District employee was posthumously awarded the Superior Civilian Service Award and recognized for forty years of government service during a ceremony at the district headquarters today.
Philip L. Burney, a budget analyst in the Operations Division, who was nicknamed Nashville District’s ‘Gentle Giant’, passed away unexpectedly at his home, Feb. 1, 2015. He began federal service with the Nashville district in 1975.
The Burney family, in his honor was presented with a Superior Civilian Service Award, signed by Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, the U.S. Army Chief of Engineers; a United States flag, flown over the U.S. Capitol, and with a forty year certificate and pin recognizing his years of federal government service.
The Superior Civilian Service Award is the third highest Department of the Army Honorary award and consists of a medal, lapel pin, and citation certificate. It is presented to Department of the Army civilian employees for high levels of performance and service.
“Philip was an extremely dedicated and passionate employee who came to work every day to make a difference,” said Tim Dunn, chief, Management Support Branch, Operations Division.
Dunn said Burney’s strength was the ability to manage large budgets, make sound decisions on complex financial matters. For the past twenty-five years, he managed the Operations Division’s $80-100 million annual operations and maintenance budget for forty-five field offices.
“Throughout Philip’s career, he enhanced the image of the Corps not only by his personal example of integrity and loyalty, but more so through his outstanding performance and accomplishments in executing the District’s Operations and Maintenance budget. He will be missed,” said Dunn.
Daphne Jackson, a civil engineer, who worked closely with Burney, said he was a silent force that accomplished great feats and was always kind and considerate.
“We really miss Philip around the office,” said Jackson, “He had so much wisdom about the Corps of Engineers Financial Management System, assisted everyone with the kindest disposition, and his experience just cannot be replaced.”
“He was a true professional, who worked hard, was always motivated, and was just a good person to work with, and we appreciated his work ethic,” said Adrienne Washington, a budget analyst in the Management Support Branch, Operations Division. “We could always depend on Philip and he told the best stories with a smile on his face,” said Washington.
Dunn said Burney consistently demonstrated superior financial management skills, professionalism, and technical competence.
“Philip was universally respected and was an outstanding ambassador for the Nashville District, Operations Division, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” said Dunn, “He is more than deserving of this award.”
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