Premier volunteers honored for service

| October 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Volunteers in the 8th Theater Sustainment Command take a photo after the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, Oct. 22, at Historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The VRC is held to recognize and honor the Soldiers and civilians whose selfless service has helped the Army and Hawaiian Community. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th TSC Public Affairs)

Volunteers in the 8th Theater Sustainment Command take a photo after the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, Oct. 22, at Historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The VRC is held to recognize and honor the Soldiers and civilians whose selfless service has helped the Army and Hawaiian Community. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th TSC Public Affairs)

Story and photos by
Sgt. Jon Heinrich
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Throughout the nation, Soldiers and their civilian counterparts volunteer and give selfless service to their country by taking the time out to help others and their communities.

Fourteen volunteers were recognized by the 8th Theater Sustainment Command for their contributions and dedicated selfless service to both the Army and the Hawaiian community, Oct. 22, at historic Palm Circle.

All 14 volunteers were awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for their services.

Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Binford, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command commanding general and command sergeant major, stand with all the awardees during a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, Oct. 22, at Historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The VRC is held to recognize and honor the Soldiers and civilians whose selfless service has helped the Army and Hawaiian Community. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th TSC Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Binford, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command commanding general and command sergeant major, stand with all the awardees during a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, Oct. 22, at Historic Palm Circle, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. The VRC is held to recognize and honor the Soldiers and civilians whose selfless service has helped the Army and Hawaiian Community. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th TSC Public Affairs)

Combined, these volunteers have performed more than 2,000 hours of selfless service in their respected communities, which includes Youth Sports coaching, Soldiers Against Drunk Driving (SADD), family readiness group leaders, Hawaii Food Bank, Fisher House, Special Olympics Hawaii, maintaining parks in Island Palm Communities and assisting resource centers that aid veterans across the armed forces.

“Those who can, do,” said Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III, commanding general of the 8th TSC. “Those who can do more, well we call them volunteers, because they’re just doing a little bit more.”

Four Soldiers were also honored with the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes U.S. citizens for achieving a required number of service hours over a 12-month period based off the person’s age group.

“I often think about what is a volunteer,” Dorman said. “I think most people would agree that being a volunteer has something to do with helping people. Most people believe that there’s something about this life where helping people is important.”

The Volunteer Recognition Ceremony is conducted semiannually in order to recognize outstanding individuals who have contributed significantly as a volunteer to the military and/or the local community.

Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Sgt. Maj. Deia Aubrey, 8th TSC
Sgt. Maj. Gregory Boseman, 8th TSC
Sgt. 1st Class Malcolm Fleming, 8th MPs
1st Sgt. Felipe Pinero, 130th Eng.

130th Eng. Bde. Volunteers

Cpl. Jose Perez
Lily Schlicht
Spc. Timothy Sellers
Spc. Marco Torres
Ruby Valencia

8th Special Troops Bn. Volunteers

1st Sgt. Felipe Pinero
Janelle Randall

8th MP Bde. Volunteers

Sgt. Cameron Domino
Fautino Gaono-Ellerbe
Sgt. 1st Class Janet Lopez
Staff Sgt. Deborah Rupp
1st Sgt. Jamila Smith
Spc. Dominic Valdez
Staff Sgt. Matthew Wilson

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