With more than 40 years of military service, as a Soldier and as a Department of the Army civilian employee, Charles E. Pimble was recognized for his achievements throughout his life.

Pimble, secretary to the general staff at U.S. Army Special Operations Command, was awarded the Roy Wilkins Renowned Service Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for his lifetime commitment to public service, July 16.

It was just shocking, said Pimble. It came as a surprise that I (was) being awarded this award.

Pimble was presented with the award during the NAACPs Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Awards luncheon in Orlando, Fla.

Im proud to represent the command at this tremendous ceremony in honor of Charles. Most of all, Im proud to know and work alongside this remarkable man, said Richard M. Holcomb, deputy to the commanding general, USASOC.

A highly motivated and professional, Soldier, civilian and community activist, Pimble has distinguished himself by making significant contributions to his country by promoting equal opportunity and diversity in the workplace and the community through public service.

Pimble also recognizes the importance of mentoring in the lives of Soldiers. For more than 20 years, Pimble has sponsored more than 180 students from Turkey. He introduces them to the American way of life during their time at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. He is currently sponsoring five Turkish soldiers, two junior officers and three non-commissioned officers.

Not only has Pimble helped numerous people within the SOF community, Soldiers and civilians alike, but he has helped countless people in the Fort Bragg and Fayetteville communities.

He is a champion for the cause of individuals with disabilities, displaced women, children and minorities. Pimble is a financial contributor and an active participant in numerous affinity groups.

In addition to his support and dedication to the community, for the past 14 years Pimble has directed, produced and coordinated the theatrical event The Living Last Supper. Annually, this event has entertained thousands of people and has become an Easter tradition for Army Families and local citizens. Pimble provides for the Fort Bragg and Fayetteville communities through theater and affinity groups as well as through spearheading a biannual food and clothing drive to benefit the Salvation Army and recruits volunteers from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command to serve meals to the less fortunate.

No one deserves this award more than Mr. Pimble. I often say that I have never met anyone like him selfless, humble and compassionate are just a few of the traits he possesses. Charles is truly an extraordinary person who inspires me every day, said Holcomb.

Pimble is seen as an extraordinary leader throughout the Special Operations, Fort Bragg and Fayetteville communities. He has a compelling desire and believes he was predestined to serve, help others and promote respect for the rights of all.

I think the most important lesson we can learn from Charles is that we all should dedicate ourselves to help make the world a better place, Holcomb explained, There are many ways to do this but if we all pursue this goal each in our way, together we all will truly make a huge difference for the good.