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2001 Very Important Patriot Award - Ms. Stephenie Palmer

2001 VIP Award - Ms. Stephenie Palmer

Ms. Stephenie Palmer - VIP Award Recipient

Giebelstadt Military Community, Germany

Ms. Stephenie Palmer, a military spouse from the Giebelstadt military community, has been selected as one of five recipients of the Very Important Patriot (VIP) Award for 2001. Ms. Palmer and a companion will be flown to Washington, DC to be honored. During her stay in the Nation's Capitol, she will receive a cash award of --> ,000, meet with senior leaders of the Army, visit elected officials on Capitol Hill, attend the NMFA Annual Meeting and Luncheon, and meet the generous sponsors of the VIP Program.

Since arriving in Germany in 1998, Stephenie has volunteered her time and efforts to many different agencies and organizations, regularly being recognized as one of the 417th Base Support Battalion's top volunteers. One of Stephenie's passions is serving Girl Scouts in the greater Wuerzburg, Giebelstadt and Kitzingen neighborhoods. As the chair for Organizational Recognition, she documents and coordinates recognition of Girl Scout leaders and volunteers for the leadership they demonstrate. As a qualified Girl Scout trainer, she trains Girl Scout leaders and Girl Scouts in numerous areas, as a requested by Girl Scout Headquarters. As a troop leader, Stephenie serves as a Junior Girl Scout Leader and Cadet Leader. Her amazing talents as a mentor and counselor have helped many young girls grow into mature and responsible citizens who contribute to their communities throughout their lifetimes.

Stephenie also serves the military soldier and family as the Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader for the 5-158 Aviation Regiment on Giebelstadt Army Airfield. She is very active in all roles as an FRG Leader. In addition to hosting regular monthly meetings, she cooks, plans and organizes the battalion "meals on wheels" program, plans and works at numerous fundraisers, and always finds time to offer a helping hand at unit functions or to someone in need.

As a Red Cross volunteer, Stephenie the local community project to provide items to troops deployed to Kosovo. Over the past two years her efforts have resulted in more than 300 pounds of comfort items and goods, ranging from newspapers to magazines and favorite food items like cookies and doughnuts, being sent to deployed troops.

Stephenie Palmer represents the many thousands of service-wide volunteers - uniformed, civilians and family members - whose desires are to make life a little better for the people in their communities. We salute you Stephenie!