Volunteers’ dedication to troops, families recognized

| August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Marizel Mihal (left), the family readiness group leader for FSC, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, join other awardees are recognized for their volunteer service at the Quarterly Na Koa Award Volunteer Ceremony, July 29, at the Nehelani Banquet and Conference Center. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th TSC, Public Affairs)

Marizel Mihal (left), the family readiness group leader for FSC, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, join other awardees are recognized for their volunteer service at the Quarterly Na Koa Award Volunteer Ceremony, July 29, at the Nehelani Banquet and Conference Center. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th TSC, Public Affairs)

Sgt. Jon Heinrich
8th Theater Sustainment Command
Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Na Koa Award Volunteer Ceremony is a quarterly ceremony that honors and recognizes U.S. Army Hawaii community’s most dedicated volunteers. This ceremony was held at the Nehelani, here, July 29.

“The power of one volunteer can create a wave of change that leaves an everlasting footprint for the next generation to follow,” said ceremony narrator Jack Wiers,  U.S. Army Hawaii and Garrison-Hawaii public affairs. “Truly your dedicated service is helping to keep our families strong and our force moving forward in these lean fiscal times.”

Brig. Gen. Patrick Matlock, deputy commanding general-Support, 25th Infantry Division (far right) joins Na Koa award recipiants (left to right), Mihal; Lina Garcia, FRG group leader, C-Battery, 2-11 Field Artillery, 25th ID; and Angela Baker, FRG for F-Company, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, following the award presentation.

Brig. Gen. Patrick Matlock, deputy commanding general-Support, 25th Infantry Division (far right) joins Na Koa award recipiants (left to right), Mihal; Lina Garcia, FRG group leader, C-Battery, 2-11 Field Artillery, 25th ID; and Angela Baker, FRG for F-Company, 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, following the award presentation. (Photo Andrea Latimore, FMWR)

8th TSC spouse recognized
Mrs. Marizel Mihal, the family readiness group leader for Forward Support Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, was one of four civilians recognized for her volunteer service.

Her contributions of more than 360 hours as the FRG Leader since October 2014 reflected a variety of unit work.

“I’ve just been the FRG leader for FSC, so I’ve just been organizing events for the family members” Mihal said. “When they went to JRTC (Joint Readiness Training Center) I made sure the families were entertained weekly with activities and coordinated getting volunteers to help me out.”

“I will continue volunteering with the FRG until my husband’s change of command,” Mihal said. “My new interest is to volunteer at the thrift shop on Schofield.”

Mihal likes the idea of the thrift shop and how it complements the Army’s initiative to ‘go green.’

Marizel Mihal, the FAP leader for FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., joins husband, Capt. Christopher Mihal, FSC commander, at the Quarterly Na Koa Award Volunteer Ceremony, July 29.

Marizel Mihal, the FAP leader for FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., joins husband, Capt. Christopher Mihal, FSC commander, at the Quarterly Na Koa Award Volunteer Ceremony, July 29.

“It is wonderful how people donate and give,” Mihal continued. “We sort through everything and put it on display for customers. The prices are great and we keep it green by reusing items others have no use for anymore.”

For Mihal, volunteering is more than a way to kill time.

“It’s a passion,” Mihal said. “If you feel you could bring something positive to an organization get involved, volunteer and inspire people. Make them feel welcome and treat them how you would want to be treated.”

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