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1998 – John Kent, Fort McClellan, GA

Mr. John Kent

Emma Marie Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

1998 – John Kent, Fort McClellan, GA

Mr. John Kent was nominated by the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command for his service in many ACS programs at Fort McClellan, GA. Mr. Kent served in the Fort McClellan ACS since 1986 contributing over 4,400 hours of service as the Citizenship Assistance Manager and teacher of English-As-A-Second Language. During his tenure, Mr. Kent developed techniques to make the citizenship process easier. He displayed initiative, diligence, foresight, and sound judgment in developing and maintaining a close working relationship with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and appropriate Congressional Offices. Because of the success of the Citizenship Assistance Program, it was opened to the civilian community.

Mr. Kent walks the clients through the citizenship process step by step. He assisted individuals from numerous countries and diverse cultural backgrounds with varying needs in regards to citizenship. He frequently spends long hours working on emergency cases to prevent deportation.

To further supplant this program, Mr. Kent initiated a group of translators to assist local agencies or businesses in translating foreign documents necessary for citizenship packages. Because of Mr. Kent's personal commitment and involvement, ACS has been able to touch the lives Fort McClellan community in a positive and caring way. He is an excellent example of the impact the service of one volunteer can make on the military community.