DETROIT ARSENAL, Mi. - "Volunteers Rock (50's Style!)" was the theme of the 19th annual USAG-Detroit Arsenal Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Greeted by assistants dressed in poodle skirts and bobby socks, a special treat awaited the 300 volunteers, guests and VIPs. The sound of Jukebox oldies resonated throughout the venue; hundreds of 45" records dangled from the ceiling; replicas of street signs with famous adages and slang from the era decorated the tables; and life-size cutouts of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe offered unique photo opportunities. But that was only the beginning.

Mr. Alan Parks, Deputy Garrison Manager, prepared the crowd stating, "At each seat, we've provided you with a pair of sunglasses. I recommend you put them on now before I introduce our next guest, for this individual is so legendary, so exhilarating, and so explosive that you may just need to shade your eyes."

A figure soon appeared in a sparkling white jumpsuit, singing and gyrating to the tune of "G.I. Blues" and then "Hound Dog". The crowd roared with laughter as Mr. Vince Galici, a sophomore at the L'Anse Creuse High School, expertly entertained the group, imitating the undisputed "King of Rock and Roll," Mr. Elvis Presley.

"We strive to keep these events upbeat, interactive and fun," explained Lori Grein, Army Volunteer Corps Program Manager. "Judging from the crowd's response, I think we've succeeded."

Ms. Brenda Lee McCullough, Garrison Manager, formally thanked all of the volunteers for their service. "In being a support organization," stated McCullough, "I certainly value the contributions of our volunteers. With your help, the U.S. Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal was able to provide programming valued at over $823K in labor dollars. But it isn't only the dollar value for which we are grateful; we are thankful for your dedication and personal time which are worth more than any currency amount."

MG Scott G. West, Commander, TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, joined Ms. McCullough in personally acknowledging the contributions of each and every volunteer in attendance.

Although the Garrison provides extensive recognition throughout the year, volunteers still look forward to coming together as a group and participating in an energetic event which stimulates the possibility for new opportunities. Our volunteers are our everyday heroes. They truly rock!

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