Awards luncheon recognizes volunteers

by Capt. Royal Reff
10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

Ask any military community volunteer about their work and one of the first things you’ll hear are expressions of charity and gratitude. Volunteerism can often be thankless and quiet, behind-the-scenes work. However, like many military organizations, Soldiers with the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command held a volunteer recognition ceremony April 2 at Armstrong’s Club on Vogelweh to express their own gratitude for the selfless service of the unit’s many volunteers.

The ceremony, designed to highlight the important work of military and civilian volunteers, also featured themes focused on notable women volunteers throughout history in recognition of Women’s History Month and family member volunteers, a nod to April’s Month of the Military Child.

During the luncheon, the 10th AAMDC commander, Col. Gregory Brady, and other unit leaders presented certificates and personal thanks to volunteers who went above and beyond in support of the 10th AAMDC and the KMC for their efforts and generosity.

In thanking the volunteers, Brady highlighted the importance of their work in uncertain times.

“During these times of financial constraint, drawdown of units and personnel, and ongoing deployments, there is still a powerful force of everyday people who push these issues aside and
remain focused on taking care of our Soldiers, families and greater community,” Brady said.

The event was planned several weeks before and was spearheaded by the 10th AAMDC Family Readiness Support assistant, Amaryllis Diaz, and Master Sgt. Douglas Middleton, operations sergeant with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 10th AAMDC.

Individuals recognized during the semiannual luncheon included eight Soldiers and seven civilians who showed extraordinary effort in giving of their time and energy in support of the unit’s missions and operations.

For opportunities to volunteer and support the local community, interested individuals should contact U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz, Army Community Service.