JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Brooke Army Medical Center's deputy commanding officer has been named the Army Nurse of the Year by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Army Col. Traci Crawford will receive the coveted 2017 Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee Award next week during the national defense night ceremony of the DAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. The award is given annually to an Army nurse with outstanding qualifications and achievements.

"I'm honored and deeply touched by this award," Crawford said. "Being an Army nurse has enabled me to care for military service members, retirees and their families in many capacities throughout my career. It's been incredibly rewarding."

The nomination details Crawford's extensive contributions to military medicine. "Col. Crawford has made significant, long-lasting contributions to the Department of Defense (DOD), the Army, and Army Medicine by distinguishing herself with exceptionally meritorious service in multiple positions of increasing responsibility throughout a career spanning 30 years of commissioned service."

"Her innovation, consummate professionalism, expert leadership, and strategic thought have solidified Brooke Army Medical Center as the Army's premier platform for wartime medical readiness training," the nomination continued.

The nomination also highlights Crawford's multidisciplinary work to improve patient safety and her efforts to educate and develop future Nurse Corps professionals.

Colonel Crawford's contributions "are both significant and lasting," the nomination said. "The magnitude of her impact on military medicine will be felt for generations. She is a strong advocate for innovative change, including ensuring practice at the top level of training and licensure."

The Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee Award is presented annually by the Daughters of the American Revolution to an Army Nurse who demonstrates outstanding qualifications and achievements. The award is named in honor of McGee, a respected American physician who founded the Army Nurse Corps in 1901.