Lt. Col. Martha K. Brooks is this year's recipient of the North Alabama Chapter of Federally Employed Women's Military Meritorious Service Award.

According to Mary Peoples, FEW North Alabama chapter president, Brooks was selected in recognition of her exemplary career of selfless service as characterized by her commitment
to duty and inspirational leadership of Soldiers. FEW is a private membership organization working as an advocacy group to improve the status of women employed by the federal

"She has promoted a positive understanding of the armed forces between women and members of the military and civilian population," Peoples said. "She has served as a role model in the community and the armed forces by reaching out to others, mentoring younger officers and working to improve interaction with other staff agencies, supported units and sister services."

Brooks, the public affairs officer for the Expeditionary Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., said she was "really touched at being recognized for something I think all our
Soldiers do daily and that is to take care of each other."

A native of Huntsville, Brooks has been in the Army for 22 years. "I am only doing what I have been taught to do by my family and by my many military mentors. To have an organization
like FEW single me out is a tremendous honor and a blessing."

Peoples said when you look at Brooks' career, "she has used her professional skills to promote diversity and equal opportunities for military and civilian populations in her assignments. We
are proud to recognize her for supporting overseas contingency operations, where she has best displayed the ideals of duty, honor and country and has epitomized the core values and the citizen warrior attributes of her command."

Brooks received the award today at a luncheon at Redstone Arsenal.