By Renee Reese, Fort Stewart Public AffairsJuly 20, 2011
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Beverly Carradine-Gilmore winner of the Garrison Commander Award of Excellence category one winner is extremely proud to be recognized by her peers and directorate.
The GCAOE award of excellence is awarded on behalf of the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander to recognize exceptional individual performance.
“The award itself is a big honor, being recognized by your peer’s means they believe in you… and I appreciate that vote of confidence,” Beverly Carradine-Gilmore said.
She along with two other winners will receive a $500 cash award, achievement medal and a 24-hour time off award for their accomplishment at the next state of the garrison. She was submitted for the award by the Directorate of Human Resources where she was previously named employee of the quarter.
Carradine-Gilmore, who works with records management, supports both Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield in her role.
Working in concert with teammate Andrea Everett, this retired Soldier and Michigan native works to ensure Soldiers and Army Civilians have what they need to do their job with regards to publications and records management.
“We provide them with the familiarity of the regulations themselves and the user friendly system,” Carradine-Gilmore said. “The computer-based system can assist users with printing required filing labels and identifying recordkeeping requirements.
Both Carradine-Gilmore and Everett serve as system experts with the Army Records Information Management System and offers assistance to anyone who needs it.
The generous sprit comes natural to Carradine-Gilmore who works to instill that character trait to her children. She has always been in the business of helping people in her work and professional life.
“I believe in giving,” Carradine-Gilmore said. “I come from a large Family and with 13 siblings we were always taking care of each other. A community thrives on the support it receives from the citizens within that community. “If you cannot give back to your community it will eventually die out.”
This humanitarian and single mother of three also found the time to complete a double master degree in Management and Leadership and Human Resources from Webster University while working full-time. She was also voted graduate student of the year.
The year was 1980 when Carradine-Gilmore earned what is now called the Girl Scout gold award. In previous years, the award was called First Class Girl Scout.
Approximately 10 percent of all girl scouts go on to achieve this high honor. Honorees are awarded the title after having made a lasting impact on their communities.
Today Carradine-Gilmore is a lifelong member of the organization and is a troop leader and service unit manager with the organization.
According to Carradine-Gilmore, all three of her children have grown up with scouting and have received top honors with both Girls and Boys Scouts of America. In fact her oldest daughter volunteers with Girl scouts while attending college at the University of Georgia.
“You have to push your kids in the direction that you want them to go and hopefully they will continue to walk in that path,” Carradine-Gilmore said. “It is good to see what you have instilled in your children spread to other people and that they can continue with community service and giving back to their community even when they are away from home.”
Admitting that like many parents, her kids describe her at times as bossy or authoritarian they understand the importance of helping others.
Carradine-Gilmore steadfastly believes that children strive with proper mentorship and that is something she takes to heart.
“Mentoring is something that I’ve done all my life,” said Carradine-Gilmore. “I truly believe in passing those life lessons onto future generations. If they pick up that trait fine, if not it means something was not done right.”