The Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame, established in 2000, set out to “provide a prestigious and visible means of recognizing and honoring soldier and civilian public affairs professionals who made lasting, significant contributions to the profession, the history and the traditions of army public affairs.”
Pretty heavy stuff.
When I was first given a hint that my name would be included in this elite gallery of specialists...well, once my mouth closed, I experienced a serious case of hardcore humble.
I mean, take a look at the web page: (http://www.army.mil/info/institution/publicaffairs/halloffame/),
Here you find the names of 50 extraordinary public affairs experts...renowned aces in the field of crafting the message, managing the information, and connecting the world with the news of our nations’ largest military branch. Because of their expertise, we know the tales of our soldiers as they marched through the historical sagas of World War I and II, the emotional conflicts of Vietnam and Korea, the uneasy peace of the Cold War, the costly undertaking in Somalia, the televised military action known as the Gulf War, countless humanitarian responses around the world, and now the challenges of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The faces of those in the Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame are reflections of enduring individual passion, and commitment to the larger force. They have earned the right to be recognized as some of our nations’ best.
So yes, I am incredibly honored, humbled, and proud to take my place among them. To know that by being inducted into the Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame, my stories, my passion of reporting on the deeds and achievements of our national warriors, both in peace-time, and in combat, have made a lasting contribution to the ongoing chronicle of our army’s endeavors.
I am privileged to be not only one of the 50, but also only the third woman to take her place in this prestigious register. A recognition, I believe, of the hard work performed by all the women serving our nation, and their ever-expanding role.
I am also thrilled to take my place as a visual storyteller....a practitioner of broadcast journalism, and its impact via the airwaves and the internet.
On the APA web page, it’s noted that the over-arching objective of the Hall of Fame is to serve as a source of inspiration, and as a role model for public affairs practitioners of today and in the future.
I acknowledge this responsibility and strive to put it into action every day. As I take my place among my peers, I pledge to be true to the vision of all those who preceded me...not only as a mentor, and also as a proponent of the profession, the history, and traditions of Army Public Affairs.
— Gail McCabe
(Note: Gail is one of the Class of 2015 Hall of Fame inductees. Her blog is part of a series we are publishing on our recognition programs.)