FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Scott Mims grew up the son of a 30-year Army veteran. His mother, Lynnette, retired from Womack Army Medical Center after more than 20 years of service.

"I grew up in this environment and I feel very comfortable with this population," said Mims, who in July, was recognized as Army Clinical Director of the Year in the same hospital in which his mother had worked many years ago.

An inaugural award, Mims was selected because of his exemplary service and professional integrity, noted Les McFarling, director of the Army Substance Abuse Program. Mims, who has worked on Fort Bragg for two years, said he became a clinical director to be able to help people make changes in their lives and to do something that mattered. Last year, Mims also won the Medical Command Clinical Director of the Year.

"He's a visionary," said Robin Sherard, ASAP clinical counselor. "Sometimes, when you see people doing good work, we don't acknowledge that and somebody needs to say that we have one of the best, if not the best, ASAP department in the Army," Sherard said.

Since arriving on Fort Bragg, Mims said he has implemented many changes to support command readiness and provide the best services to Soldiers.

"A systems check list has been established to make sure that all records are in compliance with Army regulations," Mims said.

He said that Fort Bragg leads ASAP in Access to Care, implemented to meet the medical needs of Soldiers in a timely fashion. The average wait time for Soldiers is about six hours, Mims said.

During Mims' tenure, the ASAP staff has grown to include 19 counselors and five administrators.

Mims said that he previously oversaw a staff of 90 as the director of social work at Dorothea Dix Hospital and also worked as a director at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The Army Clinical Director of the Year award was presented July 6 at the annual ASAP worldwide workshop in Austin, Texas. Mims said he learned he had won the award about a week before the workshop.

"I feel incredibly honored. It's special and it reaffirms that we're doing a lot of the right things here at Fort Bragg," he said.

Sherard said Mims has an awesome work ethic that affects everyone with whom he comes into contact.

"We're setting the standard for other ASAP programs to follow in the future and it's all because of him," Sherard said.