History of the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Service Award

In 1996, the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and the Air Force approved the establishment of the Zachary and Elizabeth Award for Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Service.

The award was named in honor of Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, both of whom had contributed extensively to the support and welfare of members of the U. S. Armed Forces and their families. The inaugural Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award was presented to the Fishers at the Army-Navy football game in December, 1996.

The Army, acting as executive agent, published a joint service regulation in 1998, establishing the award as a multi-service recognition to be given to an individual or organization demonstrating exceptional patriotism and humanitarian concern for members of the Armed Forces or their families. The recipient must exemplify Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher’s personal qualities of patriotism, generosity, and selfless dedication to improving the quality of life of members of the Armed Forces of the United States.

The Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Humanitarian Award consists of a large commemorative trophy with the annual recipient’s name engraved on brass plates. This trophy remains on display in the Pentagon and is removed only for the annual presentation ceremony. Medallions and lapel pins are presented to each annual recipient.

Previous recipients of the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award have been as follows:

LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve | 2012
Chris Sehman | 2011
John Gonsalves, Founder of Homes For Our Troops | 2010
Dr. John Schupp | 2009
Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund (Nancy Berg lass) | 2008
Julie DeMaria | 2007
GySgt. Mario Monaco, Jr., USMC Reserves, Retired | 2006
Harry and Sharon Rideout | 2005
Blanche Glymph | 2004
Mrs. Dorothy Hunt Finley | 2003
Frank J. Uddo | 2002
Military Affairs Committee, Great Falls (MT) Chambe r of Commerce | 2001
Harold U. Littrell | 2000
Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen | Special
Janet Langhart Cohen | Special
David W. Hearn, Jr. | 1999
Christina McCall | 1998
Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher | 1996