2005 Emma Marie Baird Award
For Outstanding Volunteer Service in ACS
Mrs. Judith S. McKnight
Fort Detrick, MD
Since October 1983, Mrs. McKnight provided over 7,000 hours of service to Army Community Service (ACS) at Fort Ritchie, Maryland, and throughout the United States Army military commands. Mrs. McKnight served as the ACS Volunteer Supervisor in Fort Ritchie, Maryland. Currently, as Fort Detrick’s ACS Volunteer Supervisor and AFTB’s Instructor Training Course Coordinator, Mrs. McKnight is directly involved with the education and implementation of ACS Volunteer programs and the AFTB program.
Mrs. McKnight served as the ACS Volunteer Supervisor for three years and was instrumental in reorganizing the ACS volunteer corps. Mrs. McKnight established recruitment, training, retention, and recognition programs for ACS volunteers. As the ACS Volunteer Supervisor, she played a vital role in the ACS Accreditation process and provided support to all ACS programs and assisted with special events and projects. Mrs. McKnight has been a great asset to the Installation Volunteer Coordinator during the execution of the annual volunteer recognition ceremony.
Mrs. McKnight believes in setting the example for volunteers. Her ability to delegate and allow volunteers to perform their duties proves her to be a true volunteer leader. Her contributions have a direct and positive impact on the quality of service provided to Soldiers, retirees and family members in the Fort Detrick and Frederick communities.
Mrs. McKnight’s positive attitude, professionalism, and wealth of knowledge of all ACS programs and dedication to ACS have enhanced the services provided to the Tort Detrick community. She is the guardian angel who educates and informs her volunteers and their family members. Mrs. McKnight has been an active delegate, recorder, and provides administrative support for AFAP over her yeas with ACS.
Mrs. McKnight established a volunteer program for ACS while at Fort Ritchie, Maryland. During her tenure as the ACS Volunteer Supervisor, she established a Family Advocacy volunteer program. Mrs. McKnight also established an Exceptional Family Member, Family Member Employment and Outreach volunteer program. It is this positive and caring attitude that brought the volunteer program at Fort Ritchie from 3 to 30 volunteers. Mrs. McKnight was not only the ACS Volunteer Supervisor; she was also the AER Officer.
Mrs. McKnight’s unselfish dedication and devotion to ACS won the hearts of all whom she meets. She ensures all ACS staff and volunteers are remembered on their birthdays. She inspires and guides the volunteers to excel in their duties and reach for their goals in life. She is the role model of inspiration for all volunteers and staff.