94th AAMDC strives to make a difference in communities

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Soldiers of 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command help at the Linapuni Elementary School in Honolulu. They assist with various activities, such as distributing donated school supplies and reading to children.  Sgt. Nadine Gonzalez, 94th AAMDC Human Resources specialist, is helping a child at the school to carve pumpkins, Oct. 29, 2012. (Photo by John H. Johnosn III, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs Office)

Soldiers of 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command help at the Linapuni
Elementary School in Honolulu. They assist with various activities, such as distributing donated school supplies and reading to children.
Sgt. Nadine Gonzalez, 94th AAMDC Human Resources specialist, is helping a child at the school to carve pumpkins, Oct. 29, 2012. (Photo by John H. Johnosn III, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs Office)

Staff Sgt. John H. Johnson III
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

HICK AIR FORCE BASE — For volunteering to help their communities, whether for months or years, several Soldiers and civilians of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (94th AAMDC) received recognition.

The Soldiers received awards for their efforts to improve their local communities both off base and on base April 26.

Brig. Gen. Daniel Karbler, commander, 94th AAMDC, and Command Sgt. Maj. Tedd Pritchard, senior enlisted leader, awarded the Soldiers for their past selfless service to their communities during a company safety day with their friends and family present.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Dickey, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command data systems integrator, volunteers at Linapuni Elementary School in Honolulu, May 18, 2012.  Soldiers from the 94th AAMDC Headquarters and Headquarters Battery help at the school's crosswalks, distribute school supplies and read to the children at Linapuni. The 94th AAMDC sponsors school programs that encourage fitness of the mind and body for the children. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Adam Phelps, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Dickey, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command data
systems integrator, volunteers at Linapuni Elementary School in Honolulu, May
18, 2012.
Soldiers from the 94th AAMDC Headquarters and Headquarters Battery help at the school’s crosswalks, distribute school supplies and read to the
children at Linapuni. The 94th AAMDC sponsors school
programs that encourage fitness of the mind and body for the children. (Photo
by Sgt. 1st Class Adam Phelps, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs)

Karbler wanted to make sure that the command openly showed appreciation of the good deeds his Soldiers readily accomplished.

“I just want to show a small token of appreciation for what you do,” said Karbler.

Both Karbler and Pritchard gave out Letters of Appreciation to all the volunteers expressing their gratitude.

The appreciation said the following:

“The United States Army is an all volunteer force. We are proud to acknowledge you as an outstanding member of our ranks. However, our Army is supported by yet another Army, an Army of ready and willing workers able and ready to lend their personal time energy and support to everything we do.

With the outstanding volunteer service of Soldiers and Family members like you, we are able to expand our efforts and enhance the quality of life for everyone in the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command.

As a command team for the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, we are acutely aware of the critical nature of extra service to our nation. This certificate is a symbol of the great pride and gratitude we have for you and your efforts.

Thank you once again for your volunteer services you provided and will no doubt continue to provide to your community and the United States Army.”

Linapuni Elementary School receives the 94th’s support through the School Partnership Program, a partnership between Hawaii public schools and the military. Soldiers that support this outreach effort were also recognized.

Staff Sgt. Travis Barriga, data systems integrator, 94th AAMDC, said, “I have dedicated so many hours to Linapuni. I enjoy helping the kids.”

Some of the outstanding volunteers have been volunteering at Linapuni Elementary School for their entire tour in Hawaii.

Sgt. Joshua Dickey, G6 computer support, 94th AAMDC, is one of the long-term volunteers.

“I’ve volunteered over a 100 hours at the school outside of Fort Shafter … for the kids that don’t have a lot of money and need guidance from us. As troops and leaders, we go there, and we help them out with their homework, and we give them that ambition to keep going in school,” Dickey said.

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