1-17th Field Artillery honors its volunteers
April 18, 2013
FORT SILL, Okla. (April 18, 2013) -- More than 20 service members and civilians with 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery were awarded for their volunteer service April 10 at the battalion's conference room.
The awardees volunteered for various activities, which ranged from providing physical assistance to those in need as well as spiritual guidance to members of their local church.
Sgt. Eric Harris Jr., C Battery, 1-17th FA Fire Direction Center chief, volunteers with various local charity events to include helping out with feeding the community, helping clean the church he attends and participating in church sponsored community feedings.
Harris said one of his most memorable experiences occurred when he was a Soldier buddy. As a Soldier buddy, he participated in a group event that focused on children who are enrolled in the Fort Sill Exceptional Family Member Program.
"There was a girl who had autism," he said. "In the beginning, she was very quiet and to herself, but by the end of the day, she was running around and playing with people. That really made me happy!"
Natira McGee, a military spouse and volunteer worker, was given special honor at the award ceremony for her work here and around the world. She was bestowed with the title of Volunteer of the Month for the Copperhead Battalion.
McGee was recognized for her work with numerous organizations to include family readiness group programs, the Army Community Service lending closet program and her participation in planning the visit by Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band concert here.
Over several years, she has accumulated more than 700 documented-volunteer hours. The ceremony marked the first time she was formally recognized.
"It felt good to be recognized by my husband's [Spc. Charles McGee] chain of command," said McGee.