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1995 - Mrs. Sue Newhouse, Fort McPherson, GA

Mrs. Sue Newhouse

Emma Marie Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

1995 - Mrs. Sue Newhouse, Fort McPherson, GA

Sue Newhouse Mrs. Haruko (Sue) Newhouse has volunteered continuously for Army Community Service (ACS) since 1969. From the early beginnings of AR 608-1 and ACS at Fort Detrick, Maryland, to the Vietnam period of waiting wives and R&R at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, to the Army's current decade of realignment and downsizing, Mrs. Newhouse has improved the quality of life of generations of soldiers and family members.

Mrs. Newhouse has served Army soldiers and families well. She was at Fort Detrick when ACS was established and helped define the roles of volunteers. At Fort Shafter, she greeted the excited soldiers arriving for R&R and comforted and consoled the family members awaiting the return of their loved ones. At Fort McPherson, she has worked side by side with ACS officers to ensure that volunteers and volunteerism remained a part of ACS during the paid professionalization of the 80's-90's. She has fought relentlessly for volunteer issues and personally recruited volunteers for key positions. She established the Food Locker and Holiday Basket Program. Under her leadership, Fort McPherson inaugurated the first ever food voucher program for Holiday Baskets. She has personally served/chaired the following committees: Awards, Hospitality, Records, Office Volunteers, Library, Emergency Food Locker and Lending Closet during her twenty-five years of service.

As the number of family members volunteering in ACS diminished, Mrs. Newhouse creatively sought alternative solutions. She approached the Retiree Council and RSVP. Through these resources, she has continued to energize the volunteer corps. Retirees currently chair Holiday Food Basket Program, Records and Awards, and serve as the Volunteer Supervisor. The retirees are a significant proportion of the current ACS volunteers emphasizing the total Army Concept: Soldiers, Retirees, Family Members and DoD Civilians.