Local civic leader honored by Pentagon

Freedom Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Longtime Clovis civic leader Doc Stewart on Monday received the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon.

Stewart, who has been a community leader in Clovis for almost 40 years, was selected for the Air Force award for his contributions and support for members of the armed Forces and their families, particularly at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.

“Doc has been the heart and soul of Cannon’s community leadership since 1968,” Domenici said. “He has positively affected every major quality of life, infrastructure and training decision at Cannon since that time. His ability to understand and articulate Cannon’s strategic position in the overall Air Force mission is critical to what makes Cannon so special.”

The Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has demonstrated exceptional patriotism and humanitarian concern for members of the United States Armed Forces or their families, according to Domenici’s news release.

“It is as if the criteria for the award — patriotism, generosity and selfless dedication to the men and women of the Armed Forces — were written just for Doc,” Domenici said.

The award, which is also given by the Army and Navy, is named after Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher. They founded the Fisher House Foundation in 1990 to build “comfort homes” on the grounds of military and Veterans Affairs medical centers to house families of service members and veterans receiving treatment far from their homes.