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Maj. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general, stands with volunteers after the Fort Rucker Quarterly Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum Feb. 17. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Maj. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general, stands with volunteers after the Fort Rucker Quarterly Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum Feb. 17. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: February 25, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Feb. 25, 2016) -- Volunteers are part of the fabric of military life and without their efforts, many organizations would suffer and some services may not even be offered.

To recognize the impact volunteers make within the community, Fort Rucker took the time to honor 21 of its most dedicated volunteers during the year’s first Fort Rucker Quarterly Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum Feb 17.

“Today, we are here to honor and recognize the many contributions made by our wonderful volunteers,” said Col. Shannon T. Miller, Fort Rucker garrison commander, during the ceremony. “Without our Fort Rucker volunteers, our installation simply would not be the great installation it is or the home of Army Aviation that it is today.”

“As we think about how our volunteers (impact) what we do here at Fort Rucker, it really reflects a lot of the things we talk about when we talk about the Army profession. We talk about character, commitment and competence – you demonstrate that as volunteers,” added Maj. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general. “Your commitment to this installation and the families that are here makes a real difference. It makes a real difference in the lives of our Soldiers, in the lives of our families, so I just want to tell you how very proud I am of all of you and I’m very thankful for what you do.”

The following volunteers were recognized at the ceremony, with information on their efforts provided by the unit or agency they support.

Laura Hayle, 1st Aviation Brigade – As a valued volunteer, Hayle devoted countless volunteer service hours supporting the staff, Soldiers, students and families of D Company, 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, International Military Student Office. She also has volunteered her time on weekends to assist the field studies program manager during FSP trips.

Sarah Sprinkle, 1st Avn. Bde. – She devoted countless hours to supporting the families and Soldiers of B Co., 1st Bn., 145th Avn. Regt. through bi-weekly company family readiness group meeting coordination, multiple fundraising events and hosting the company holiday party, all of which directly contributed to the success of the company FRG program.

Maria Livingston, 1st Avn. Bde. – Livingston has devoted numerous hours to the Protestant Women of the Chapel as the second vice president and continues to be involved in the religious outreach program.

Charleigh Essig, 110th Avn. Bde. – She has dedicated herself to serving the Soldiers and families of A Co., 1st Bn., 11th Avn. Regt. as the company FRG co-leader, as well as to the Fort Rucker Thrift Shop, which gives back to Soldiers and surrounding communities.

Daphny Hayes, 110th Avn. Bde. – Hayes has provided outstanding leadership, mentorship, support and achievement as the FRG co-adviser for the 1st Bn., 14th Avn. Regt.

First Sgt. Alonzo Fielder, 110th Avn. Bde. – Through his outstanding volunteer service as the battalion FRG fund raising leader, he raised over $3,000 in less than one month to provide an enjoyable holiday party for the 1st Bn., 14th Avn. Regt. Soldiers and families.

Amina Jones, 110th Avn. Bde. – Exhibiting exceptional volunteer support as the A Co., 1st Bn., 14th Avn. Regt.  FRG leader, Jones offered outstanding CARE team support to a local family in great need during a tragic time.

CW3 Michael C. Meehan, 110th Avn. Bde. – As director of his non-profit organization, 3Gun4Vets, Meehan has provided combat veterans with an outlet where veterans can receive rehabilitation and support services.

Jaime Trypuc, 1st Bn., 58th Avn. Regt. – Trypuc, as the treasurer for the 1-58th AOB FRG, has invested her time, talents and energy to ensure the welfare of the battalion’s Soldiers and families.

Sgt. Joshua Garrett, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group – As a volunteer guide for the Wounded Warrior Hunt, he has dedicated numerous hours towards ensuring the veteran assigned to him received the best possible experience.

Emma Jones, Fort Rucker Chapel – As the head of hospitality for one of the congregations, Jones sets up the kitchen in order to provide weekly fellowship immediately after service, helps serve food during the fellowship time, and cleans up afterwards to ensure newcomers and regular chapel attendees feel welcome.

Glenn Davis, chapel – Davis provided important service to the chapel community, arriving early each week to assist visitors during inclement weather and serving as the initial welcoming greeter for newcomers to the chapel service.

Spc. Nathan Boelk, chapel – As the praise team leader, Boelk shares his time and talent to enhance the worship service at the Wings Crossroad Contemporary Service by organizing band members, preparing music and mentoring his team.

Linda Blake, Red Cross – Blake has expanded the Armed Forces Red Cross Program at Fort Rucker through her outreach at the newcomers brief, as well as at installation and community special events, and recruiting new volunteers and informing families on Red Cross services.

Yong Cabrera, Red Cross – Cabrera expanded Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Program awareness within the Fort Rucker community through the creation of a marketing board encompassing Red Cross information and material for the newcomers brief, attracting new Red Cross volunteers and informing families of available services.

Pam Griffith, Red Cross – She played a vital role in helping to solidify the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Program at the Lyster Army Health Clinic via staffing the clinic office and managing all American Red Cross volunteers at the clinic. The American Red Cross would not be at Lyster today if it were not for her dedication.

Suzanne Buchanan, Fort Rucker Community Spouses Club – Buchanan served as the chairwoman for the club’s annual Hollyday Bazaar fundraiser. As chairwoman, she successfully led her committee with professionalism and positivity, directly contributing to the club’s successful annual fundraiser, and furthering the club’s ability to award thousands of dollars in scholarships to military spouses and high school students.

Jennifer Jaszczak, Fort Rucker Thrift Shop – As a valued volunteer for the thrift shop, Jaszczak played an integral part in establishing the Honoring Wiregrass Veterans Program. Significantly contributing to the success of the program, her outstanding support and unwavering dedication to the Fort Rucker Thrift Shop and Fort Rucker military community contributes greatly to the mission.

Those unable to attend the ceremony but who were recognized as volunteers of the quarter were: Celina Czerniakowski and Sandra Monter, both for B Co., 1st Bn., 11th Avn. Regt., and Katrina Steddum, Warrant Officer Career College.

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