Command Chief’s spouse receives Yellow Rose of Texas Award
By Senior Airman Kevin Iinuma, 59th Medical Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 22, 2012
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- Mrs. Candace Robinson was commissioned a Yellow Rose of Texas, under the laws of the State of Texas, for her work in long-time support of military members, spouses and their families.
Mrs. Robinson was presented the award on behalf of the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry by Mrs. Debby Hepburn June 21 during a farewell party in honor of her husband, Chief Master Sgt. Richard Robinson, Command Chief Master Sergeant of 59th Medical Wing. Chief Robinson is retiring this week after 30 years of military service.
The Yellow Rose of Texas award is given only through the Office of the Governor to recognize women for their significant contributions to their communities and to Texas in the preservation of our history, the accomplishments of our present, and the building of our future.
For over 25 years, Mrs. Robinson has focused her efforts on advocating for military men, women and their families. As a Senior Advisor to the Wilford Hall Auxiliary Committee, she guided and mentored the spouses of over 6,000 active duty enlisted, civilian and retired military personnel assigned to the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center and the San Antonio Military Medical Center.
"She is the greatest," stated Mrs. Hepburn, wife of Maj. Gen. Byron Hepburn, commander, 59th Medical Wing. "I know we've accomplished so much this year for spouses and for families, and it could not have been accomplished without this lady and the teamwork we have."
Mrs. Robinson was a vital liaison between the Wilford Hall Auxillary and the SAMMC Auxillary during the staff integration of the two medical campuses. She supported wounded warriors and their families at both locations.
Along with her many other civic contributions, Mrs. Robinson also served as catalyst for the first ever fundraiser to support the aeromedical staging facility at Wilford Hall Amulatory Surgical Center which provides medical care and a comfortable holding area for wounded warriors awaiting transportation to their final destination.
Mrs. Robinson also supported dinners for the Lackland Fisher House, a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill or injured patients receiving treatment at WHASC and SAMMC.
"It's been a great 30 years and I'm looking forward to the next adventure," said Mrs. Robinson.
The award is named for Emily Morgan, a 20-year-old slave who was instrumental in the battle to win Texas' independence, as she gave General Sam Houston's troops Santa Anna's location.