Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fort Campbell honors selfless volunteers

Fort Campbell honors selfless volunteers
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
Story by Capt. Xeriqua Garfinkel

Deborah Varna (left) and Tamra Shaughnessey, volunteers with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, pose for a photo with Col. Jimmy Blackmon, the brigade commander after an awards ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 18. The monthly ceremony recognizes outstanding volunteers who donate their time in support of other military families or their communities.

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - "Ladies and gentlemen, the ceremony will begin in two minutes," the Voice of the Eagle announced over the microphone.

The last of the awardees found their seats as approximately 100 friends and family members, soldiers and leaders found theirs. The gathering in McAuliffe Hall Atrium, Oct. 18, recognized the Fort Campbell, Ky., Volunteer of the Month, where 159th Combat Aviation Brigade had three recipients.

The Volunteer of the Month program is dedicated by the post to recognize all the volunteers for Fort Campbell, explained Sonya Long, the family readiness support adviser for the 159th CAB. Each brigade has two months during the year to nominate their volunteers, and the top three with the most hours or an exceptional community outreach get awarded a certificate, division pin, post parking pass and a bag with other goodies.
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