Hobbs named Madison’s veteran of the year by Rotary Club

Dr. Harry Hobbs and his wife, Erica, reside in Madison. He is the 2012 Madison City Outstanding Veteran.

Anybody who knows Dr. Harry Hobbs knows that this retired Soldier is still a Soldier at heart.

He’s passionate about the Army and his corps of fellow veterans. He preaches and lives by the seven Army values – loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. He uses them in his civilian career as the Huntsville Police Department’s communications relations officer and as a mentor for youth in the community. And the community in turn appreciates his service.

Hobbs has been named the 2012 Madison City Outstanding Veteran. He was unanimously selected for this second annual honor by the Madison Rotary Club.

“I’m just really humbled and blown away,” Hobbs, a retired chief warrant officer 5, said. “With as many great veterans as we have in this area, Madison County, I know there are many more deserving veterans out there than myself – that’s for sure. I’m just humbled. And I want to always represent veterans in the most positive way.”

He still “wears his Soldier hat” in his work and activities. Hobbs expressed his appreciation to Team Redstone and to the Madison Rotary Club.

“It’s one of the highest awards I’ve ever received in my career,” the Madison resident said. “I have high esteem for this award.”

Last year’s inaugural recipient was Troy Trulock, a veteran who has since been elected as Madison’s mayor. The Madison Rotary Club launched the award program in October 2011.

Hobbs, 52, and his wife, Erica, have two daughters and two grandchildren. Their oldest, Shara Rivera, 31, who served six years in the Army, resides at Fort Drum, N.Y., with her husband Staff Sgt. Javier Rivera, daughter Cree, 9, and son Julian, 9 months. Their youngest, Shauna, 23, will graduate from the University of North Alabama in December as an Army nurse second lieutenant.

“Erica’s the daughter of a 30-year enlisted Soldier,” Hobbs said. “She supports me in everything that I do and I couldn’t do it without her.”

Hobbs, a Louisville, Ky., native, holds a doctorate in human resources management from Pacific Western University, Honolulu, Hawaii; a master’s in human services from Murray State University (Ky.); a bachelor’s in resources management from Troy State; and an associate degree in missile and munitions technology from Calhoun College. He served in the Army from 1978 through 2007. His numerous military honors included the Legion of Merit Award, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

He began his career with the Huntsville Police Department as its communications relations officer in September 2010. He has been an adjunct professor at the Florida Institute of Technology since 2002. Hobbs was a professor of military science for JROTC at Columbia High School from 2007-10.

Hobbs serves as director of Huntsville’s annual Community Awareness for Youth event which draws thousands of youngsters and their families for a day of educational and fun activities. CAFY reminds the youth of four pillars of success: health, physical fitness, careers and education. Hobbs was selected as the

Mentor of the Year in 2011 for the City of Huntsville by the 100 Black Men of Greater Huntsville Chapter. He was selected based on his work with youth from all walks of life and his commitment to the success of all youth he interacts with on a daily basis.

The Madison Rotary Club will present its award to Hobbs at its breakfast meeting Thursday from 7-8 a.m. at the Hogan YMCA.

By Skip Vaughn
The Redstone Rocket