By Julie M. Lucas
NAS Jacksonville Public Affairs Office
Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) recently named its civilians of the quarter for fiscal year 2018, second quarter. Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) has two employees winning the honors, with Marketing and Sponsorship Director Morgan Kehnert selected as Senior Civilian of the Quarter and Warehouse Manager Margaret Baker as Junior Civilian of the Quarter.
Kehnert, a six-year employee of NAS Jax MWR, has been in her current position for two and half years. She is the daughter of a Navy veteran and took a job with the Navy as her way to give back.
"I'm so proud of my father and his service and I saw this as an opportunity to give back," Kehnert said.
One of Kehnert's major duties during 2017, was to solicit vendors and sponsors for the NAS Jax Air Show. While she has previously assisted with an air show, this was her first opportunity to take charge of marketing for the event.
"We spent nearly 10 months planning the last air show and we are starting to make plans for the upcoming one in October," she said. "While working on the air show, we also continued working with sponsors on all our regular ongoing MWR programs."
According to her award nomination, Kehnert successfully managed $169,000 in sponsorship revenue and $173,000 gift in kind.
"It was so fantastic to see all those months of hard work come together with very little issues. Our performers were happy, our vendors were happy, so we are calling it a success," she said.
When not working, Kehnert enjoys going to the beach, spending time with family and is a Harry Potter enthusiast.
Baker has work as a government employee for more than 30 years and coordinated food and beverage efforts during the air show. The revenues brought in were around $258,000.  Baker was responsible for setting the menu and pricing for the event. One of the more complicated aspects of the airshow, is arranging logistics for deliveries and refrigeration and according to MWR Operations Manager Mike McCool, Baker handled everything flawlessly. Additionally, she coordinated booth managers and more than 400 volunteers. The 2018 NAS Jax Air Show will be the 22nd air show Baker has been involved with during her career as she often lends her expertise to other installations hosting these events.