Jean Walton, an Albany resident, receives award from the Division of Military and Naval Affairs
Division of Military and Naval Affairs employee Jean Walton, an Albany resident, was recognized for superior performance by Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York, during a short ceremony on Monday, August 21.
Walton received the Adjutant General's Award for her work as the education coordinator and office manager for the New York Naval Militia. The award is presented to civilian employees of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs.
The Naval Militia is a force of 2,500 Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve members who also volunteer to serve New York State when called upon by the governor. They put the skills and knowledge they've gained in federal military service to work for their fellow New Yorkers.
A small number of Naval Militia members are retired military members who serve on a voluntary basis.
Members of the Naval Militia are eligible for the tuition assistance program which provides funds for New York Military Forces members to attend State University of New York or City University of New York schools.
Walton's job was to ensure that Naval Militia members who were eligible for this tuition benefit made use of it. She put in place systems to help Naval Militia members obtain the tuition benefit and determine which Naval Militia members were no longer eligible.
Walton is also a staff sergeant in the New York Army National Guard, assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division's signal company. She is leaving state civilian service because she is going on active duty with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, South Carolina.
Walton is a student a Hudson Valley Community College. Her father David Walton is a Troy resident, while her mother Carmen Santini and sister Kim Santini live in Prattvile, Alabama.