M. Stephanie Martin of Cincinnati (45216), a civilian member of the Xavier University Army ROTC staff, has been named the Department of the Army “Civilian of the Year” for the Second Region, which covers eight states in the Midwest and Middle Atlantic. Initially, she was named by the AUSA Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter as “Civilian of the Year.” Her name was submitted to the Second Region, where she was considered in competition with civilians from 22 AUSA chapters in the Region.
Her name is now forwarded to AUSA’s national headquarters to compete with awardees from eight other Regions for the Joseph P. Cribbins Award. That national award will be presented at the association’s national meeting in Washington, DC, this coming October.
Martin has been the Human Resources Assistant (HRA) at the Xavier University Army ROTC program for the past 5 years. Before that, she served as the HRA for the University of Cincinnati Army ROTC program. Her constant support of over 500 Cadets and over 100 commissioned Officers during this time frame has been exceptional.
“Continually going above and beyond, Stephanie settles for nothing less than perfect,” says Lt. Col. Shane Ousey, Xavier professor of Military Science. “Her scope of responsibilities runs the gamut from routine personnel transactions to producing initial official military personnel files for the new Second Lieutenants entering the Army.”
Martin served a long and distinguished Army career herself, retiring in June, 2002, after 20 years of service for which she was highly-decorated. She spent the majority of her career as an Airborne Paratrooper with such units as the 82nd Airborne Division, 18th Airborne Corps, Joint Special Operations Command and Joint Forces Command. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier in 2007.
“As a community volunteer,” adds Ousey, “her contributions are truly immeasurable.” She organizes, volunteers and supports at-risk youth through the City Gospel Mission’s Whiz Kids program, encouraging Xavier and UC ROTC Cadets to volunteer to provide tutoring and act as positive role models. The experience has been rewarding for everyone. Martin learned American Sign Language and volunteers as an interpreter during services at her church to fully engage all members. As a Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services provider, she offers all levels of care to developmentally disabled youth and adults to make them more complete members of their community.