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1997 Very Important Patriot Award - SFC Tammie T. Holmes

1997 VIP Award - SFC Tammie T. Holmes

SFC Tammie T. Holmes - Tobyhanna Army Depot, PA

1997 Very Important Patriot Award

The National Military Family Association (NMFA) announced that SFC Tammie T. Holmes from Tobyhanna Army Depot, PA; Peggy Milliman, the spouse of a Marine Capt, at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station; TSGT Luke Humpreys, Air Force, Hanscom AFB, MA; and CDR Catherine Osman, Navy, Naval Air Station Whitingfield, Milton, Florida are the winners of the Very Important Patriot (VIP) Award for outstanding volunteer contributions. They were presented the award in Washington, DC at the annual NMFA Luncheon on 21 Nov 1997. She spent an exciting weekend touring DC and meeting with members of Congress and top military leaders. Each VIP received a cash award of --> ,000.

The following is the nomination of the Army recipient of the VIP Award

Tobyhanna Army Depot wishes to nominate SFC Tammie T. Holmes as a Very Important Patriot in its military community and local municipality. Her level of involvement as a volunteer, while being a full-time soldier and a single parent is a phenomenal achievement. Through the programs she is associated with, she has enhanced the lives of many people, soldiers, depot employees, and local residents. Last summer, as a concerned citizen, she coordinated a voter registration drive registering soldiers and depot employees in time to actively participate in the 1996 presidential elections. She was a primary orchestrator in the depot community's observance of Black History Month and Women's History Month, arranging guest speakers and establishing displays and exhibits designed to inform and capture the interest of all participants.

Tammie helped establish the Tobyhanna Cadet Program for teen-aged military dependents children. The program was structured to provide discipline and encourage participation from the youth into community affairs. The cadets collected and distributed clothing to the area's homeless during the Christmas holiday season. They worked alongside teachers, ministers, and local media to view different sides of their communities and develop a consciousness of other people's needs. The popularity of this program became so great that several off-post school classmates of the cadets enlisted into the group.

Additionally, she is involved in the local Junior Achievement Program and has taught 12th Grade Economics Classes Pocono Mountain High School. She is a member of the Monroe county Chapter of the NAACP, the African American Network of the Poconos, and the Unity Coalition of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Tammie is also a member of the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers Council at Tobyhanna, the Executive Council of the Tobyhanna Chapter of the Association of the Unites States Army and the Tobyhanna Women's Club. She also serves on the Pastor's Advisory Council and the Ushers Board of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. She organized a Tobyhanna Military Family Night, assisted by the Tobyhanna cadets, and engineered the cadets participation in the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

Many people from the Tobyhanna Army Depot and the surrounding community have been in some way influenced in a positive way through the volunteering of Sergeant First Class Tammie T. Holmes, who is indeed a Very Important Patriot.