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Sylvia E.J. Kidd Director, Family Programs

Sylvia Kidd has been associated with the Army her entire life. She is the daughter of a career soldier, the wife of a career soldier and until recently the mother of a soldier.

During her long association with the United States Army, Mrs. Kidd has been active in community and family activities. She is one of the original developers of the Army Family Team Building Program and continues to have an active interest in that program. Mrs. Kidd has served in numerous volunteer positions at installation level as well as at Department of the Army and Department of Defense level. She has accumulated over 8,500 hours of Army Community Service time.

The quality of life for soldiers and their families has long been a high priority for Mrs. Kidd. She was selected to serve on a review panel convened by the General Accounting Office at the request of Senators Domenici and Stevens along with Representative Nethercutt. The committee was charged with evaluating the impact of quality of life on retention of soldiers and recruitment of new soldiers. Mrs. Kidd has served as Director of Government Relations for the National Military Family Association (NMFA) and in that capacity has testified before committees of the Congress on health care and other quality of life issues. She has also served as president of NMFA as well as occupying various other leadership positions in that organization. Mrs. Kidd has also served as a commissioner of the Defense Science Board Quality of Life Task Force.

Presently, Mrs. Kidd is the Director of Family Programs for the Association of the United States Army and also serves on numerous boards and councils. She is a representative on the DeCA Patron Advisory Council, the Army's Youth Education Action Working Group, the AAFES Advisory Council, The Well-Being Consortium and the Humana Health Services Advisory Board. In her position with AUSA, she travels frequently to give speeches, presentations and host family focus groups to address the concerns of Army families.

During her years of service to the soldiers and family members of the Army, Mrs. Kidd has received many awards, including being the first recipient of the Dr. Mary E. Walker Award. She is a member of the Order of St. Joan D' Arc, Order of the White Plume and has received the Department of the Army Patriotic Civilian Service Award. Mrs. Kidd has also received the Commanding General's Excellence Achievement Award, Commanders Certificate of Achievement and the Commander's Award for Civilian Public Service. She has also been awarded the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service.

Mrs. Kidd is married to former Sergeant Major of the Army Richard A. Kidd. The Kidds have two children.