Pine Bluff native receives Arsenal Woman of Year Award

Pat Hopkins — a property disposal specialist with Pine Bluff Arsenal’s Directorate of Public Works, Waste Management and Reclamation Division — was named PBA’s Federal Women’s Program Woman of the Year for 2013 during a ceremony in March.

Hopkins a Pine Bluff native and resides in Jefferson. She graduated from White Hall High School and received a bookkeeping/accounting certificate from Pines Vocational-Technical School (now Southeast Arkansas College) in Pine Bluff. She has been employed at the Arsenal since 1983 and retired this month with 30 years of government service. Hopkins is married, has a daughter and two grandchildren.

She previously won the FWP Woman of the Year in 2005.

“It was a shock and is a great honor to receive this award a second time,” Hopkins said. “My federal career is ending on a positive, high note.”

Hopkins is active in the Bluff Center Chapter of Federally Employed Women, where she currently serves as the southwest regional treasurer and special projects chairperson. Her civic and community activities are many, including working with both the CASA Women’s Shelter in Jefferson County and the Dorcas House Battered Women’s Shelter in Pulaski County. Hopkins also is involved yearly with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and visits the White Hall Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility on a regular basis, providing cheer and comfort to the residents.

“Pat is one of those remarkable people who ‘always’ has a smile on her face and kind words for those with whom she speaks,” it stated in the nomination information. “She has a positive attitude and outlook on life and always treats others with dignity and respect and seeks to find the win-win in every situation. She is a person who positively promotes the Army Core value of selfless service, putting the welfare of others before her own.”