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1996 - Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson, Fort Sam Houston, TX

Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson

Emma Marie Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

1996 - Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson, Fort Sam Houston, TX

Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson, Fort Sam Houston Army Community Service (ACS) volunteers, has been awarded the Emma Marie Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Mrs. Johnson was nominated by the U. S. Army Medical Command for her contributions at many Army installations.

Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson served as an ACS volunteer during the periods of 1972 through 1974 and 1989 through 1995 contributing 6,300 hours of service in successive positions of leadership. While at Army Walter Reed Medical Center, Mrs. Johnson created and maintained all volunteer files, served as the newsletter editor, and developed a puppet program for the pediatric ward.

After arriving at Fort Sam Houston in 1992, Mrs. Johnson became the Volunteer Consultant for the U. S. Army Medical Command. In this position, she facilitates communication between installations, promotes recognition of volunteers, ensures proper policies are in effect, and acts as an advisor on volunteer management training. When the Army began its newest volunteer program, Army Family Team Building, Mrs. Johnson became a Master Trainer and has been instrumental in developing and implementing this program under ACS at Fort Sam Houston. As the chairperson of the AMMEDDC&S Leadership Support Group, Mrs. Johnson is responsible for coordination with commanders' spouses and assists in establishing support groups in the units and brigades.

At the Department of Army level, Mrs. Johnson served as the Chairman of the Recognition Chapter of a Volunteer Management Handbook currently being developed. Throughout her volunteer service, Mrs. Johnson has been a confidante, mentor, and a friend. Her knowledge, commitment and leadership skills have ensured the success and continued growth of the volunteer program at Fort Sam Houston.