FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- After more than two decades of her life as a military spouse and taking care of Soldiers and their Families, Beth Arnold, Army Community Service information and referral program manager, was recognized for her efforts earlier this month.

Garrison Commander Col. Yvette Kelley presented Arnold the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Quality of Life Employee of the Year award Feb. 4 during the DFMWR Quarterly Awards Program at Silver Wings Golf Course.

Arnold said she was surprised to receive the award and said she considers the entire ACS team responsible for her success.

"I love to come to work every single day," she said. "You can't be successful unless you have supportive people working with you."

Arnold's recent projects included coordinating Military Spouse Day last spring and supporting Military Family Month events throughout November.

She also helped with Toys for Tots and other Christmas toy donation drives over the holidays. These were in addition to her ACS duties of indexing organization information and directing clients to appropriate programs, according to Sue Jackson, ACS director.

"Coordinating these events along with her normal duties is no small task, but she made it happen," Evy Bludsworth, DFMWR deputy director said.

Arnold said she has a soft spot in her heart for National Guard and Reserve Soldiers because they and their Families do not necessarily understand or experience military life the way active-duty Soldiers do. Arnold works hard every day to make sure these individuals' lives are made as easy as possible.

"It's the right thing to do to take care of Soldiers and Families," she said. "Soldiers put their lives on the line for us every day in training and when they're on duty. We are here to help them learn to adapt to whatever situation they're thrown into. If you don't love the Soldiers and their Families, you would have a hard time doing this job."

Arnold said her 26 years as a military spouse allows her to relate to the clients who visit her Bldg. 5700 third floor office.

"Those of us who were military in the past have an understanding of what we can do to help (other) Families love the military as much as we have," she said.

Her supervisors said her willingness to help customers is evident.

"Beth has a heart of gold when it comes to support of Soldiers, (Department of Defense) civilians, retirees and their Families," Jackson said. "Beth is always, and will always be, a DFMWR and ACS team player. No job is too big or too small for Beth. Beth's professionalism, cheerfulness, positive attitude and exceptional customer service skills make her an excellent role model for everyone at ACS, DFMWR and Fort Rucker."

Bludsworth said quarterly awardees must be non-supervisory DFMWR employees.

"(The award ceremony) is set up to recognize outstanding individuals, teams and programs within our directorate who go beyond the call of duty," she said. "Without the efforts of these individuals (and) teams, we could not provide outstanding services and programs to our customers."

Individuals may nominate others for upcoming quarterly ceremonies by calling 255-3751.