25th ID recognizes volunteers for their hard work

| May 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Spc. Mahlet Tesfaye
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

Tropic Lightning honors spouses, ambassadors, youth volunteers for their services   

Sherri DeSilva, a spouse of a Soldier assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, receives an award for volunteering from Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commanding general, 25th ID, and his wife, Mary Susan, during the division’s Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, May 13.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A group of Soldiers and family members received awards for volunteering from Maj. Gen. Bernard  Champoux, commanding general, 25th Infantry Division, and his wife, Mary Susan, during the division’s Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, May 13, at the Post Conference Room, here.

“As Army spouses and as an Army family, sometimes we have to take care of each other when our Soldiers are deployed, and it is comforting to know that we have someone else to turn to who understands the same challenges that we face,” said Dee Wafe, spouse of a Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

The awardees were recognized for their selfless service, effort and time they spent helping family members before, during and after deployment. 

“To be a volunteer you have to be happy about helping others,” said Lia Claytor, spouse of a Soldier assigned to Company E, 3rd Bn., 25th Aviation Regt., 25th Combat Aviation Bde. “You have to be able to want to know other people and be their friends.” 

“Volunteering is being selfless and just knowing, if you are in the same situation, they can help you, too,” said Michelle Kent, spouse of a Soldier assigned to 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT.

The division gave out four types of awards during the ceremony, including the Military Spouse Tropic Lightning Alii Award, Volunteer Ambassador Tropic Lightning Lokahi Award, Yellow Ribbon Award, and Youth Volunteer Service Award. 

“I am honored to be recognized,” Wafe said, who received a Yellow Ribbon Award. “However, I have to say that what I do, I don’t do it to be recognized. I am an extension of all the wonderful spouses who come together to help in the battalion.”  

Claytor, who received a Military Spouse Tropic Lightning Alii Award, said her best moment of the year was when she received sincere gratitude from a spouse thanking Claytor for helpful 

information. Claytor had thought the spouse didn’t really care about the information.

Even though Claytor’s kids are small, they also get involved with volunteering and help her with small projects. This demonstrates the true meaning behind a family readiness group, or a family organization in which every member of a family can participate in helping the Army family, whether it is a Soldier, spouse or child. 

“You learn a lot about yourself when you give time to help others,” Kent said, who received a Military Spouse Tropic Lightning Alii Award. 

“You also make a lot of good friends and make strong bonds with people you volunteer with,” Kent added.

 

Military Spouse Tropic Lightning Alii Award 
•Shawn Adkins, 185th MI Co., 2nd BCT
•Carissa Baasch, HHC, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT
•Karma Boltinghouse, 25th ID Band
•Lia Claytor, Co. E, 3rd Bn., 25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB
•Sherri DeSilva, HHC, 225th BSB, 2nd BCT
•Kathleen Fuller, Battery B, 3rd Bn., 7th Field Artillery Regt., 3rd BCT
•Michelle Kent, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT
•Jamie Smith, HHC, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Bn., 2nd BCT
Volunteer Ambassador Tropic Lightning Lokahi Award
•Lynnea Finnigan, Co. D, 3rd Bde., 25th Aviation Reg., 25th CAB
•Spc. Preston Kite, HHT, 2nd Bn., 14th Cav. Reg., 2nd BCT
•Natalie Schollehorn, HHT, 3rd Bn., 4th Cavalry Regt., 3rd BCT
•Jennifer Stanton, Signal Company, STB
The Yellow Ribbon Award
•Rebecca Alsup, Co. D, 3rd Bn., 25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB
•Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Andreas, Headquarters Support Co., 25th STB
•Sierra Gross, 2nd Bn., 25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB
•Missy Isakson, Co. D., 3rd Bn., 25 Aviation Regt., 25th CAB
•Christa Ploetz, 2nd Bn., 25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB
•Dee Wafe, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Bn., 2nd BCT
•Amy Wolf, Co. B, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Bn., 2nd BCT
Youth Volunteer Service Award
•Elizabeth, Rebecca and Rachael Francis, 2nd Bn., 25th Aviation Regt., 25th CAB 

 

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