Robin Akers Wunderlich, a veteran of the United States Air Force, is the recipient of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club’s 2019 Patriot Award.
Ninth District Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin County) and Rocky Mount District Supervisor Mike Carter of Carter’s Fine Jewelers presented Wunderlich with the award during last week’s 36th annual Independence Day Festival at C.I. (Cy) Dillon Stadium-Fred M. Brown Memorial Field.
The award is a medal inside a personally engraved presentation case.
Wunderlich of Rocky Mount is the 16th recipient of the award and the first female veteran to receive it.
Recipients of the award have served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.
Local citizens are given the opportunity to nominate a Franklin County veteran who served on active duty with a branch of the U.S. military.
A committee of Rotary Club veterans reviews the nominations and recommends veterans who are then voted on by all club members.
Wunderlich was on active duty from Jan. 13, 1987 until April 16, 1991 and she attained the rank of E-4 Sargent SGT. She was stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.
Wunderlich became a radiology technologist while serving in the Air Force.
Wunderlich, who was nominated by Carl Cline and Lori McClure, was on reserve for deployment for Operation Dessert Storm.
Among her community activities, Wunderlich has been active with Relay for Life more than 20 years as a participant, team captain and county committee organizer.
She is a member of Sydnorsville United Methodist Church where she has served as a Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, lay leader and media coordinator.
Wunderlich is the risk manager at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital.