Volunteers’ efforts recognized with ‘Na Koa’ awards

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, commander, 25th Infantry Division, poses with Tiffany Macmanus who was one of several Na Koa Award recipients during a ceremony held Jan. 27 at the Nehelani Conference Room. Awards were bestowed on volunteers who completed a minimum of 300 or 500 hours of volunteer service.

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, commander, 25th Infantry Division, poses with Tiffany Macmanus who was one of several Na Koa Award recipients during a ceremony held Jan. 27 at the Nehelani Conference Room. Awards were bestowed on volunteers who completed a minimum of 300 or 500 hours of volunteer service.

Story and photos by
Christine Cabalo
Staff Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Volunteers received rounds of applause thanking them for giving back to the community during the “Na Koa Awards” ceremony, held Jan. 27, at the Nehelani, here.

The quarterly ceremony honors U.S. Army Hawaii volunteers who were nominated by their organizations with an individualized application for each nominee.

The Volunteer Awards Review Committee considered all submissions. Both adult and youth volunteers, as young as 10 years old, who are registered within the Volunteer Management Information System were considered for honors.

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, senior commander, USARHAW, spoke at the ceremony and officially presented each award.

Volunteers were recognized with either a Na Koa Lapel Pin for a minimum of 300 hours of service or the Na Koa Bronze award for a minimum of 500 hours. The hours had been totaled since the awards first began in 2014, but Flynn said the awards represent much more – about 14,029 hours in the last quarter of 2015 of volunteer work that would have otherwise cost more than $345,977.

“The Na Koa Award for Volunteer Service is a prestigious award given by the U.S. Army Hawaii senior commander, Maj. Gen. Flynn, to our community’s stellar volunteers,” said Erin Paulus, Army Volunteer Corps coordinator with Army Community Service. “It does an important job of recognizing volunteers for all they do. We encourage organizations to take advantage of the opportunity to nominate their qualified volunteers for the USARHAW Na Koa Award.”

160127-D-RT812-044Flynn applauded how the hundreds of volunteers who may not have been at the ceremony are keeping the community’s many programs and services running. He also encouraged people to consider volunteering and said how he appreciated having these awards to recognize excellent service.

“I cannot underscore enough how younger members of the community need the work everyone here is doing and how important it is for them,” Flynn said. “(Volunteerism) does need an ember, and with your help we can make it a brush fire.”

Na Koa Awards Recipients
Congratulations to the following awardees in January:
Na Koa Lapel Pin
Kate Disney
Ashlyn Edwards
Monique McDwyer
Janice Nakagawara
Aimee Stoddard
Sarah Urquhart

Na Koa Bronze Award
Anya Freude
Tiffany Macmanus
Mary Kay McGlothlin

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