At the 2022 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, Tower and Rose Barracks awardees stand with USAG Bavaria Commander Col. Christopher Danbeck (center back) and Command Sgt. Maj. Sebastian Camacho (far right), at the Tower View Conference Center, April 21, 2022.

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — April is National Volunteer Month. To celebrate, Army Community Service teams recently recognized local volunteers at ceremonies across U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.


Last year, 376 volunteers were registered within the USAG Bavaria footprint — which includes Tower Barracks, Rose Barracks, Hohenfels and Garmsich. Furthermore, these volunteers collectively logged 34,554 hours to support the community in 2021.


“Someone might choose to volunteer because they want to help others who are in need, build relationships by interacting with other people within their communities, and possibly for networking opportunities,” said USAG Bavaria Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator Raina Pringle. “Through selfless dedication and honorable service, volunteers contribute to community cohesion. They unite us and strengthen our community every day.”


At the recognition ceremonies, Army leadership, family and friends celebrated the selfless contributions of all volunteers. Additionally, special awards were presented to the USAG Bavaria Volunteers of the Year recipients — of which there were 49 nominees. Award categories included active-duty Soldiers, family members, civilian retirees, youths and  host nation community members.


“This year’s theme is ‘Shining a Light on the People and Causes that Inspire Us to Serve,'” said USAG Bavaria Commander Col. Christopher Danbeck. “Today’s ceremony is to shine a light on you, and officially recognize you for your efforts to make this community a better place.”


The Army Volunteer Corps, managed by ACS, is a program aimed at connecting community members with volunteer opportunities. Interested in volunteering?

  • Rose and Tower Barracks community members should contact the ACS program manager at DSN 599-1101, Civ 09641-70-599-1101 or join the Volunteer 101 overview class to explore volunteer opportunities.
  • Hohenfels community members should contact ACS at DSN 522-4860 or CIV 09472-708-4860.
  • Garmisch community members should contact ACS at DSN (314)440-3572 or  CIV 08821-750-3572.


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For each award category, here were the 2022 Volunteer of the Year Winners: 

Eilene Campsey – Civilian/Retiree
SGT Nicole Estus – Active Duty
Birgit Hayhurst – Host Nation
Isidra Alger – Family Member
Lorelei Paddock – Youth


At each installation, here were the 2022 Volunteer of the Year Nominees: 

RB & TB:

Katherine Adler
Kasey Alexander
Isidra Alger
CPT Derek Bremer
Eilene Campsey
Missy Clampitt
Milica Derocher
SGT Brea DuBose
SGT Nicole Estus
Pierre-Jovan Fuentes II
Pierre-Jovan Fuentes Sr.
SGT Yana Geraghty
Joshua Guico
Katharina Haney
Birgit Hayhurst
Cristi Heinz
Christina Huskey
Melissa Jordan
Brittany Kaaihue
Nancy Lamora
Julie Mccammon
SSG Zachary Matheus
Nova-Dawn Mauldin
Rebecca Richardson
Eva Samborski
PFC Axel Sandoval
Erika Walker
Elizabeth Weinerth
Zoey Whisler
Kate Woodward
Darin Worthington



MSG David Barber
Sarah Custer
CPT Brian Custer
Janet David
Monica Giles
Brynne Hamer
Briza Hernandez
Lorelei Paddock
Bethany Smith
Michelle Turner
Stacy Ware
Ribana Washington
Jeremy Workman
Jaden Yazzie
















Heike Duvall
SSG Brittany Lively
PFC Eric Maldonado
Barbara Wither
























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