Reporter’s notebook: Longtime base supporter receives humanitarian award

Longtime Cannon Air Force Base supporter Doc Stewart said he does not like to boast. In fact, he refused to name his accomplishments over the last several decades that got him nominated for the Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award this year.

“It’s a list as long as your arm,” Stewart said of his accomplishments. “But I don’t like to brag about that.”

The Fisher award, established in 1996, honors a civilian or organization that has “demonstrated exceptional patriotism and humanitarian concern for members of the United States Armed Forces or their families,” according to a military Web site.

The award can cover accomplishments in the past year or, as in the case of Stewart, a lifetime worth of achievement.
Stewart, who was nominated by Cannon’s Wing Commander Col. John Posner, is among hundreds of nominees across the nation up for the award in each branch of the service.

Although he prefers to humble himself when speaking of his accolades, Stewart is no stranger to the limelight.
In 2003, a “Doc Stewart Day” was set down in a proclamation from Gov. Bill Richardson and declared by Mayor David Lansford and the City Commission. A park near Cannon Air Force base carries his name.

Said Stewart of the Fisher nomination, “It’s a really nice honor. I certainly don’t deserve it. I haven’t done anything.”

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Ryn Gargulinski. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is: rick_white@link.freedom.com