2005 Emma Marie Baird Award
For Outstanding Volunteer Service in ACS
Mrs. V. Gail Fitzpatrick
Fort Gordon, GA
Making a difference in the lives of others has become a way of life for retired Army spouse, Ms. V. Gail Fitzpatrick. On any given day, and at just about any given hour, you can find Gail somewhere on or off-post doing something on behalf of Soldiers, their spouses, or their children.
For more than 22 years Gail has volunteered her time, energy, and talents in support of Soldiers and military communities. As an Army Community Service volunteer in Crailsheim and Ansbach, Germany in the early 1980s, Gail worked putting welcome packets together and maintaining the lending closet. Upon her family’s return to the States in 1987, she continued to support the ACS programs at Forts Polk, Knox, Hood, and Leavenworth. By the time her family moved to Yongsan, Korea, Gail had added English as a Second Language and Army Family Team Building Instructor to her resume.
Since her arrival at Fort Gordon in 1998, Gail has added an additional 4,700 hours of volunteer service in support of ACS-AFTB, Army Family Action Plan, and Christmas House, and additionally volunteers in support of the Officers’ Spouse Club, the award-winning Dinner Theatre, youth ministry program, and both Boy and Girl Scouts of America. In her spare time, Gail has managed to give birth and rear four children while lending support to her husband Tom.
Of significant note, and with great pride, Gail has contributed many hours in support of AFTB as an instructor, Master Trainer, and Core Instructor. She has worked tirelessly in support of the AFTB Hispanic initiative with DA staff. In addition to writing and developing a module that outlines how to value diversity, Gail has taught instructor classes in Guatemala and Colombia.