Jacqui Handwork Barker ’01 Receives Top Navy Civilian Award

At a May 2010 ceremony in Baltimore, Md., Jacqui Handwork Barker ’01 received the Navy’s highest civilian public affairs honor in addition to a Navy team public affairs award.

Barker received two Chief of Information’s (CHINFO) 2009 Thompson-Ravitz Awards for excellence in the Navy’s Public Affairs program. In addition, she was named CHINFO’s 2009 Junior Civilian Public Affairs Officer of the Year and earned her military command a team award.

Jacqui Barker accepted the Thompson-Ravitz award for excellence in public affairs

Jacqui Barker accepted the Thompson-Ravitz award for excellence in public affairs from former CHINFO Rear Admiral William Thompson (left), USN (Ret.), and present CHINFO Rear Admiral Dennis Moynihan, USN.

The Officer of the Year designation was for Barker’s leadership, execution of required strategic communication tools, and tactics, not only for her organization, but also for CHINFO’s civilian career management and training efforts worldwide.

This is the highest honor in Navy Public Affairs, recognizing an individual who made a significant impact on Navy public affairs by demonstrating exceptional initiative, commitment, effort, and competence.

Barker earned the team award for leading the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division—a team of thirteen—and delivering an internal, two-way communication that included a communication audit plan. The team’s efforts improved understanding, efficiency, education, and morale among Navy and civilian personnel and their families.

Barker, who lives in Panama City Beach, Fla., with her active-duty husband, James, is a member of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Women in Defense, a Jeanette Rankin Foundation supporter, the 2009 chairman of the Public Relations Subcommittee, and the Bay County Chamber of Commerce.

She presently attends Gonzaga University’s graduate distance education program and will graduate in December 2011 with a master’s degree in communication and a certificate in Servant-Leadership.

In 2005, Barker graduated from the Public Affairs Qualification Course at the Defense Information School at Ft. Meade, Md. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science at IUP (where she was a David J. Rovnan scholarship recipient), she interned at the White House. Barker is a former IUP public relations employee and Whitefish Pilot reporter.

June 2010