HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE --
An Air Force master sergeant was recognized for her outstanding contributions to domestic violence shelters Aug. 18, 2017.
Due to her hard work and dedication, Master Sgt. Nina Brown, 54th Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, won the Air Education and Training Command 2018 National Public Service Award.
“I am excited and honored to have won this award,” said Brown. “When Chief Master Sgt. (Jason) Huston first told me about the award, I was honored that he thought I would be a good candidate. It was extremely humbling to win something at the (major command) level.”
The American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration established the award to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions and whose accomplishments can be viewed as models of public service within and outside the work environment
“Brown is a cornerstone within our 54th MXS family, and we are extremely blessed to have someone of her personal and professional caliber on our team,” said Lt. Col. Stuart Menn, 54th MXS commander. “I am not one bit surprised that she’s the AETC National Public Service Award winner given her accomplishments on- and off-duty.”
Brown is passionate about her work with the local community. Growing up, Brown stayed in domestic violence shelters. She understands firsthand what children exposed to domestic violence go through. Brown knew that once she became older, she wanted to give back to her community and ensure these victims knew they had someone on their side.
“I feel my work in the community has helped continue to build the relationship the Air Force has with the community,” said Brown. “This relationship is vital to our continued success.”
Brown’s drive led her to start the first "Backpacks of Love Drive." The drive helps over 60 children a year who were victims of domestic violence by providing clothing and school supplies. Brown collected over 1,000 backpacks and 10,000 school supplies in 12 years to help children living in shelters.
“I understand what those children are going through,” said Brown. “It is extremely difficult to leave your home and all of your belongings. I hope that the items I am able to provide them through donations collected from the base can help make their situation a little bit better.”
Brown has no plans to stop providing her support.
“I do not think my work is done simply because of this award,” said Brown. “I truly want to help people who are in a tough situation. I understand how these families feel and I want to do what I can to help ease that burden.”
Brown is appreciative for her leadership and family who support and believe in her every single day.
“I am thankful that I have leadership who believed enough in me to push me for this,” said Brown. “I am also grateful to have the support of my husband, Master Sgt. Jim Brown. Without these people in my corner, I would have not been able to accomplish what I did.”