599th volunteers awarded for helping Wheeler Elementary

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WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Volunteers from the 599th Transportation Brigade paint lines for a foursquare game on the playground at Wheeler Elementary School, here, Jan. 10, 2012. Personnel with the 599th were recognized for their efforts during the annual Joint Venture Education Forum, Aug. 29. (Photo by Donna Klapakis, 599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs)

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Volunteers from the 599th Transportation Brigade paint lines for a foursquare game on the playground at Wheeler Elementary School, here, Jan. 10, 2012. Personnel with the 599th were recognized for their efforts during the annual Joint Venture Education Forum, Aug. 29. (Photo by Donna Klapakis, 599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs)

Story and photo by Donna Klapakis
599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs

KAPOLEI — Two 599th Transportation Brigade personnel were recognized for their volunteer efforts, Aug. 29, at the Joint Venture Education Forum’s annual meeting at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

Ronn Nozoe, deputy superintendent of the Hawaii Department of Education, presented Sgt. 1st Class Joanene Lassiter, human resources specialist, and Charity Wampler, information technology specialist, with certificates of appreciation for their work with Wheeler Elementary School, the brigade’s partnership school.

Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield, U.S. Pacific Command chief of staff, also presented them with coins.

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Sgt. 1st Class Joanene Lassiter, human resources specialist, 599th Transportation Brigade, reads to children at Wheeler Elementary School, here, during Read Across America Day, March 1. Lassiter was recognized for her efforts during the annual Joint Venture Education Forum, Aug. 29. (Photo by Donna Klapakis, 599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs)

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Sgt. 1st Class Joanene Lassiter, human resources specialist, 599th Transportation Brigade, reads to children at Wheeler Elementary School, here, during Read Across America Day, March 1. Lassiter was recognized for her efforts during the annual Joint Venture Education Forum, Aug. 29. (Photo by Donna Klapakis, 599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs)

Lassiter said that she appreciated a chance to work with the children.

“Anything that a person can give back to kids is a reward in itself,” Lassiter said. “Children look up to the volunteers, and we are able to give them the feeling that people really do care.”

Wampler agreed.

“Even the smallest thing that we do for children to help them, we don’t know what effect that will have. We don’t know what is going on in their lives — whether their parents are deployed or how they are doing. Just seeing their faces light up when we come in also gives us joy,” Wampler said.

Although the 599th Trans. Bde. is a relative newcomer, it has built a firm relationship with its assigned school during the two years they have worked together. In that time, it has never turned down a call for volunteers.

Some of the jobs the volunteers have performed are cleaning and painting the play-ground, reading to children, monitoring testing and helping with book fairs and the school carnival.

Rema Eltringham, Wheeler Elementary School parent community networking center facilitator, is the unit’s liaison with the school. She said the school is grateful for the help 599th Trans. Bde. volunteers provide.

“I love your volunteers. Not only are they enthusiastic and happy when they come here, they are always dependable and on time. We appreciate them so much,” Eltringham said.

The 599th is a subordinate command of Military Surface Deployment and Distribution command.

599th Trans. Bde. Certificates of Appreciation

•Sgt. 1st Class Joanene Lassiter

•Charity Wampler

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