Sergeant Major Debra J. Wilcox, a Jacksonville native, was born October 14, 1959. She graduated from Paxon Senior High School in 1977 and took the oath of enlistment in the US Army on August 19, 1979. She subsequently completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Wilcox’s civilian employers included Aerospace Corporation and the Department of the Army Inspector General Agency.
Wilcox had an ongoing, self-motivated pursuit of learning. Her military and civilian education includes earning a double Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies and Business Administration (MBA). Her pursuit of learning fueled her to earn numerous graduate certificates, complete primary leadership development courses, basic and advanced non-commissioned officer courses, personnel, administrative and training management courses. Wilcox is also a graduate of the US Army Sergeants Major Academy.
Wilcox was a regular on Soul Train where she expressed her passion for the art of dance. After Soul Train, she taught dance instructions to aspiring performers. Wilcox also led a hand dancing group at Andres Air Force Base Officer’s Club (Suitland, MD) and performed karaoke with friends.
Wilcox was a loving daughter, sister, auntie, cousin and friend. She was the granddaughter of Ruth “AnnieRuth” Kearney.
Wilcox departed this earth October 22, 2015, after giving 35 years, 9 months and 19 days of service to our country. She now rests in Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, VA).
Information Management Specialist, Joint Staff, DOM; Administrative Sergeant, Defense Intelligence Agency; Command Sergeant Major, 436th Transportation Command; Command Sergeant Major, 3/318th MP OSUT; Ft Bliss, Texas; Administrative NCO, J-5; Training Chief Instructor, HQ/6/80th DIV; NCOIC DCSPER, 5115th Garrison Support Unit; Force Management NCO, 97th ARCOM; PAB NCOIC, 318th Reception Battalion; Test Administrator, MEPS Los Angeles; Mail Clerk, Fort Rucker, AL; Administrative Specialist, 43rd USA Artillery Detachment, Germany.
Awards & Decorations
The Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1st OLC), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal (3rd OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4th OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (w/Bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/M, Silver H), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (w/Numeral 4), and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
- Current 12th grade student
- Attends Paxon School for Advanced Studies
- Maintains a 3.0 GPA
- Is a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
- Accepted into military upon graduating high school
The organization will select 1 scholarship recipient in April of each year. The recipient will receive $1,000 paid directly to the student. Selection criteria will focus on academic ability and achievements, persistence and leadership abilities. A rigorous application review includes:
- A 1,000 word, original essay; highlighting candidate’s reasons for wanting to pursue a military career, demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to excellence.
- 2 letters of recommendation (one scholastic; one personal, non-family related)
- School transcripts
The application process is from March 1 – April 30. The application, essay, letters of recommendation and transcript are due by April 30. Scholarship semi-finalists will be notified by May 31.
How to Apply?
Click on the link below to download the application. Save the file on your desktop or USB. After completing and saving the application, click on the ‘Choose File’ button to locate and upload. The name and email fields are required fields.
How to Donate?
To donate to the Sgt. Debra J. Wilcox Scholarship Fund, click on the “Donate Today” button below or make check payable to the AnnieRuth Foundation and mail it to:
P.O. Box 2726
Jacksonville, FL 32203
Memo: Debra J. Wilcox Scholarship Fund
*All donations are tax-deductible