VILSECK, Germany — Three volunteers from the Rose and Tower Barracks area were bestowed with the Volunteer of the Year award during the 2021 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on May 26, 2021, at the Rose Barracks Theater.
Jessica Horton, the ACS Volunteer Corps program manager, said that the annual event recognizes the volunteers throughout the garrison.
“These volunteers step in and provide a service that is definitely in need,” Horton said. “Recognizing their contribution is one way for us to say thank you. It’s also to highlight the cool things that people can do as a volunteer and how it impacts the community as a whole.”
During the ceremony, U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria commander Col. Christopher Danbeck shared his appreciation for the volunteers in the community.
“54,000. That’s the number of hours that have been logged by all the volunteers across USAG Bavaria. It’s amazing,” Danbeck said. “I am super proud to be the garrison commander for a group of heroes like you guys.”
In total, there were over 54,216 hours logged from the USAG Bavaria volunteer force in 2020. This volunteered time equates to over 1.4 million dollars.
“This really helps us. We don’t have that money. What you do for us extends the reach of the garrison and all of our organizations,” Danbeck said. “We use their time to do so much more than the garrison ever could without their assistance.”
Out of the 26 nominations, three out of the five volunteers who received the Volunteer of the Year awards were from the Rose and Tower Barracks areas.
Volunteer of the Year Award Winners:
Service Member – Staff Sgt. Ralph Thelusma, American Red Cross (Rose and Tower Barracks)
DA Civilian/Retiree – Patrice Norman, American Red Cross (Rose and Tower Barracks)
Family member- Julia Reynolds, 2-2 CR and Bavaria Community & Spouses’ Club (Rose and Tower Barracks)
Local National – Georg Weishaupt, Hohenfels Community Spouses Club (Hohenfels)
Youth – Summer Turner, Garmisch Library and Thrift Shop (Garmisch)
Volunteer of the Year Award Nominees:
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ernest Cervantes
Eunhye “Natalie” Lee
Sgt. Olusola Ayeni
Patrice Norman, a volunteer with the American Red Cross, was recognized for her commitment and effort as the dental assistant program lead and volunteer connection lead in 2020.
“I’m grateful and humbled that I had the opportunity to impact the community positively,” Norman said.
Like her, The effort put forth by all of the volunteers directly and positively impacted the quality of life for all of the USAG Bavaria communities.
If you would like to volunteer, register at https://vmis.armyfamilywebportal.com/. For more information on how to volunteer, contact your local Army Community Service office at +49 (0)9641-70-526-4403.