Army association names former Airborne paratrooper and Army ROTC staff member as the Civilian of the Year

M. Stephanie Martin, retired from the Army, has worked at Xavier for five years | June 7, 2011

M. Stephanie Martin of Cincinnati, a civilian member of the Xavier University Army ROTC staff, has been named the Department of the Army “Civilian of the Year” for the region covering eight states in the Midwest and Middle Atlantic.
Martin was named by the AUSA Major Samuel Woodfill Chapter as “Civilian of the Year” before her name was submitted to the Second Region, where she was considered in competition with civilians from 22 AUSA chapters in the region.

Martin is now competing with awardees from eight other regions of the AUSA’s national headquarters for the Joseph P. Cribbins Award, a national award that will be presented at the association’s national meeting in Washington, DC, in October.

Martin has been the human resources assistant for Xavier’s ROTC program for the past five years. She previously served in the same position for the University of Cincinnati Army ROTC program. In both positions combined, she offered exceptional support to more than 500 cadets and 100 commissioned officers.

“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 as tutors and positive role models. In the process, Martin learned American Sign Language and volunteers as an interpreter during services at her church. 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.