LUTHERVILLE, Md. - Embodying the Army value of selfless service, students attending the Public Affairs Supervisor Advanced Non-commissioned Officers Course (ANCOC) here, spent several hours on July 18 cleaning the grounds of the Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore Emmanuel Monastery in Lutherville, Md. Sister (Sr.) Kathleen White, Prioress (Head of the Baltimore Monastery), was very appreciative of the students' efforts. "This was a wonderful opportunity for us to see the Army in different way," said White. "It was truly a blessing for us." Cleanup tasks included trimming trees, raking leaves, weeding, and mulching, along with a general cleanup of the area around the Monastery. ANCOC student Sgt. 1st Class Robert Ramon, U.S. Army Reserve, Texas, coordinated the project. He complimented his classmates and the sisters for their teamwork. "There are so many great organizations to assist and this monastery is certainly one of them," he said. "The sisters cooperated with us to arrange everything and I thought the students really worked hard to get things done." The Baltimore Monastery was founded in 1971 in a house that is more than a century old. The Monastery now includes three houses and a total of 14 people living there full-time. "People appreciate the beauty of the grounds," said White. The class Small Group Leader, Sgt. 1st Class Terrence Hayes, said that volunteering his time is something he always strives to do. "I always want to give back to the community that has done so much for me," said Hayes. "Plus it was very gratifying for me to be able to work with Soldiers from all over the country on such a worthwhile project." Sr. Jeri Willson, coordinator for outdoor maintenance for the monastery, echoed White's sentiments. "We greatly appreciated more than you know the efforts of the class to come here and clean up," she said. ANCOC student Sgt. 1st Class Kristina Scott, U.S. Army Reserve, Nebraska, said the project was mutually beneficial. "I think it was as rewarding for us as it was for them," Scott said. "I really appreciated the sisters for allowing us the opportunity to help them."
LUTHERVILLE, Md. - ANCOC student Staff Sgt. John Millan, Washington Army National Guard, loads a wheelbarrow with brush cleaned from the grounds of the Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore Emmanuel Monastery here on July 18. The class cleaned the grounds as a community project. (Photos by Staff Sgt. James Martin, U.S. Army Reserve, Virginia)