PHOENIX (Sept. 14, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has hired Noreen Watts as Service to the Armed Forces Manager, bringing aboard a longtime Red Cross employee with nearly two decades of military experience, having worked both domestically and overseas.
An SAF Station Manager for the Red Cross for the past 18 years, Watts comes from Fort Campbell in Kentucky, and she was in California, Florida and Idaho, with time spent in Germany, Japan and South Korea. Watts was deployed three times to Iraq, once to Kuwait and once to Panama, counseling service members and providing emotional support during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also served as a foreign expert in China, teaching American and British history, as well as English.
Watts will assist service members at Luke Air Force Base near Glendale, at Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix, at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma and at the Yuma Proving Ground. Through SAF, the Red Cross connects service members with their families when an emergency strikes – from the birth of a child to the death of a loved one. In addition, Red Cross volunteers offer guidance, information, referrals and other social services to military personnel and their families.
“I’ve enjoyed every bit of it because it’s rewarding to help service members and their families get the emergency assistance that they need when they need it,” said Watts, who holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a masters in public administration from the University of Toledo. Watts was a member of the Red Cross youth program in the early 1980s, and at 17, she became an instructor in CPR, first aid, lifeguard training and water safety. She later was a disaster services instructor, and she’s trained in international disaster response and international transportation disaster response.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.arizonaredcross.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.