PHOENIX – Theresa Koontz, wife of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Security Manager Jeff Koontz, received the Commander’s Award for Public Service at the Arizona-Nevada Area Office during the Dec. 18 Holiday Luncheon.
Daryll Fust, the District’s assistant chief of staff, presented the award to Koontz for the support she provided to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Arizona Army National Guard and the United States Army following the Sept. 7 death of Col. Peter Jordan, who served as the executive officer for the Arizona-Nevada Area Office.
Koontz personally reached out to Mrs. Jordan and the Jordan family to provide emotional support and assistance. She was directly involved in day-to-day activities, assisting with decisions on arrangements, providing meals and being available when needed.
Fust presented Koontz the award on behalf of the district commander. According to the text on the award, “Her assistance provided during a period of significant distress was invaluable to the Jordan family, the Los Angeles District and the Arizona Army National Guard. Mrs. Koontz’s distinguished service reflects great credit upon her, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Army.”
“For those of you who may not know, it was a very difficult time,” said Fust. “Theresa stepped up and really did a great job for the family.”