Fort Richardson, 31 October 2008
Brigade Volunteer Receive Army Civilian Service Medals
Pvt. AndryaHill, 4th BCT, 25th ID PAO
Volunteers for 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, were honored in a ceremony Oct. 22 at Fort Richardson to recognize their dedicated service to each of the brigade's battalions.
Suzanne Daley, who serves as a treasurer, was the volunteer of the month for 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. She also has served as the B Company, 1-501st, family readiness group leader and co-leader.
FRG leader Paula Jensen received the award for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Sylvia Mueller, who has served several years as a volunteer, is the B Troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne), 40th Cavalry Regiment FRG leader and the squadron's award winner.
Cathy Hicks, the FRG Leader for A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, received the Volunteer of the Month award.
The 725th Brigade Support Battalion award winner was Catherine Gilbert, who serves as the FRG Leader for C Company.
Lisa Lample, the C Company, 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion FRG leader was also named as a Volunteer of the Month.
The volunteers are essential to the brigade, and the command groups are adamant about expressing their appreciation.
"The spouses of the brigade put in a lot hours and effort. This is our chance to recognize them for what they do and to highlight their achievements and accomplishments. We want them to feel good about supporting the brigade and being invaluable members of the team," said 4-25th BCT Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Zavodsky.
"There really is not enough that we can do to recognize them for the amount of work they put in," Zavodsky said. "Their participation is critical to the success of the brigade. We want to not only acknowledge their accomplishments, but also to encourage them to continue to strive to achieve more."
Col. Michael Howard, the 4-25th BCT commander, thanked the volunteers for their selfless contributions and assured them their hard work is not only appreciated, but necessary.
"Volunteers are critical to the Army. We cannot do what we do without them. (The) 4-25 has a strong set of volunteers," he said. "This is our humble attempt to say thank you."
The volunteers received the Army Civilian Service Medal, an award similar to the Army Achievement Medal. They also received a brigade coin, a bouquet of flowers and a framed photo of their award presentation with their chain of command.
Each volunteer was nominated by their respective unit command groups.
"The brigade command doesn't have a vote. Nominations come from the battalion chain of command and senior advisors. All of the nominations are consolidated at the battalions and based on the volunteer's personal contributions to the company and battalion," Zavodsky said.
The volunteer ceremony will be a bimonthly event throughout the brigade's deployment to Afghanistan to encourage and honor the volunteers who support the brigade.
Anyone who would like to become a volunteer has several options available.
"They should contact their FRG leader within the battalion. There really are many avenues however. They can let their spouse know to contact the commander, the sergeant major or any senior advisors," said Dana Wolfe, the brigade family readiness support assistant. "They can also contact me or any other FRSA."