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NEWS | Jan. 25, 2016

PSA chairman of the board receives "Commander's Public Service Award"

By Capt. Christopher Love 628th Air Base Wing/Public Affairs

The Chairman of the Board for Palmetto Scholar's Academy, Stacy Lindbergh, received the "Commander's Public Service Award," a U.S. military honor, during the ribbon cutting ceremony for PSA's new facility on Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Jan. 23, 2016.

Lindbergh received the award for her four-year effort to bring the PSA, an award-winning charter school for gifted children, onto the base, to provide an educational option for local South Carolina and military children.

Col. Robert Lyman, Joint Base Charleston commander, presented the award during a formal ceremony in front of hundreds of PSA students, family, faculty, JB Charleston members and well-wishers.

"In the Air Force we have a special award for a citizen's dedication which significantly improved the conditions for base personnel - and whose service was voluntary, performed as a public service, and motivated by patriotism," Lyman said. "We probably don't give it often enough, but the eligibility criteria seem to be written for Stacy's efforts here."

Lindbergh worked with the state legislature to secure the approval and funding to build PSA's new facility on base. This task included passing the South Carolina Military Charter Law, which allows charter schools to "provide priority admission to children of active duty military assigned to military installations that provide land or facilities," according to her award citation.

A PSA mother and volunteer, Lindbergh waded through the four-year process to secure the on-base lease.

Efforts like this take the support of many, but they begin--and at their heart are fueled by--the passion of a leader," Lyman said. "In this effort, that has been Stacy Lindbergh."

Lindbergh is the first person in recent memory to receive the Commander's Public Service Award at Joint Base Charleston.