2005 Emma Marie Baird Award
For Outstanding Volunteer Service in ACS
Mrs. Kyu Reisch
Fort Knox, KY
Since 1986, Ms. Reisch has lovingly provided over 4200 hours of volunteer service to the military community at Fort Knox and overseas while serving with her military spouse.
Kyu began her volunteer service with Army Community Service (ACS) in June 1986 as a Korean translator, having completed 98 hours before transferring with her husband to Bamberg, Germany. She continued to serve in ACS completing 154 hours while also volunteering with the Bamberg Recreation Center and the Family Support Group of 2nd Armored Cavalry Div, where she received the Order of the Yellow Ribbon. Kyu and her husband returned to Fort Knox where she continued her ACS service as a translator in July 1989.
Ms. Kyu Reisch has been with the Fort Knox ACS Community Readiness - Outreach Program since, 1989. She has been instrumental over the years as an ACS Volunteer Translator and home visitor. Kyu has assisted hundreds of soldiers and Korean-born family members through providing written/oral translations and home visits. Through her generosity many family members were able to access resources that otherwise would have been hard to access because of lack of understanding.
Kyu has gone over and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our Korean-born spouses have an advocate to help them understand the culture, the military life-style and many other necessary resources. Ms. Reisch never hesitated to take on "on-call" status for home visits. Her intervention and knowledge of Army life has earned her credit with all she comes in contact. She assisted soldiers and family members from the ranks of E 1 to General Officers and spouses.
Going one step further - Kyu assisted foreign officers through her ability to speak several different languages fluently such as Cantonese, Korean and Chinese by acting as a liaison in cultural diversity. She is admired by many and has earned a title of importance from the many foreign officers that rotate through Fort Knox.
Some of her accomplishments through volunteer efforts earned her a volunteer position with the Olympics as a Chinese translator. She also volunteers her time to conduct "Culture Scan of Korea", allowing soldiers and family members to see, hear, and taste the culture of Korea as an educational component of Outreach.
Ms. Kyu Reisch was recognized by the Fort Knox installation for the many agencies and services she provides. She continuously exhibits a genuine concern for all military families and demonstrates this through her rapport with her coworkers, peers, volunteer supervisors, and installation. She is a true advocate for family “well-being” and is eager to learn about any new changes and services that would assist our military family.
Ms. Reisch is also an AFTB Instructor and is available to teach both the Korean and English course. Her dedication and professionalism exhibits the quality of standards that Fort Knox emphasizes. Her genuine concern for the Soldier and their families earned her great credit from the Fort Knox military community and the U.S. Army