By Walter T. Ham IV, Eighth Army Public AffairsJuly 15, 2013
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea (July 15 2013) -- A South Korea-based master sergeant was the U.S. Army's selection for the 2013 Federally Employed Women Meritorious Service Award.
Master Sgt. Latisha Turner, from Eighth Army's 2501st Support Detachment, earned top honors for the U.S. Army and will represent the service at the awards ceremony in Orlando, Fla., later this month.
The Federally Employed Women Meritorious Service Award honors leaders who have made significant contributions to diversity, equality and the advancement of women in their organizations. The award is given to six military members, one from each of the services.
"I believe that it was my extensive volunteer efforts to local food banks and nursing homes that led to my selection," said Turner, who is originally from Hague, Va.
Turner served as the vice president for Sisterhood Ministries, a non-profit organization outside of the Fort Campbell, Ky.
"The organization provides mentorship and counseling to hurting women and children of all ages," said Turner. "The organization has helped countless female Soldiers within the local Fort Campbell community as well."
The 19-year U.S. Army veteran has been in Korea for a month, and serves as the chief of the logistics section for the 2501st Support Detachment. The 2501st Support Detachment serves as Eighth Army's liaison with the First Republic of Korea Army and Third Republic of Korea Army.
Turner said the highlight of her Army career so far has been serving as an instructor and advisor at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute on Patrick Air Base, Fla.
According to Turner, selfless leadership is the key to succeeding in the U.S. Army.
"Give back to your community and make an impact in whatever capacity that you can," said Turner. "It is important to give back and help as many Soldiers in their careers as you can."