THANKED FOR SERVICE
The first honorees in line during the Deployed Work Force Ceremony include, from left, Nasu Bethea, Jude Bhika and Frederick Bundy.

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Soldiers, civilians and contractors weren't the only ones recognized at the Dec. 1 deployed work force ceremony.

Redstone senior commander Maj. Gen. Jim Rogers also thanked their families.

"Thank you very much for what you do and what you have done. And I always want to thank your families because without their support you could not do what you do," Rogers said.

He recognized 105 Soldiers, civilians and contractors of Team Redstone who have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. These included 29 who received Global War on Terrorism medals and 76 recipients of certificates of appreciation.

Many volunteered to go overseas in harm's way to help the war fighters, despite the threat of improvised explosive devices. They included a mother-daughter team that deployed.

Besides the deployed members of Team Redstone, Rogers also expressed his appreciation to their families who stayed behind.

"The family takes over and has to run the family and take care of the kids while you're gone," he said.

Each honoree joined Rogers on the stage at Bob Jones Auditorium when his or her name was called during the Deployed Workforce Recognition Ceremony.

"Awesome," honoree Tyrone Odum said of the ceremony. "It's just an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the civilians that participated. I think it's great individually to be recognized but it's also good to be recognized in a forum like this."

The honorees included
Nasu Bethea, Jude Bhika, Bessie Breedlove, Frederick Bundy, Sam Chow, Willie Clark, Cindy Coleman, Larry Cunningham, George Flynn, Mike Foley, Anthony Frails, Katherine Fry, Adam Garnick, Kyle Hamlin, Daniel Hinton, Gordon Jones, Sherree Knox, Timothy McKenlly, Lavonda Odum, Tyrone Odum, Ty Oswald, Brandon Parise, Frederick Pieper, Michael Ring, Scott Robbins, Paul Square, Arlean Thomas, Owen Wasmoen, Timothy Wright, Lt. Col. Shawn Waldrip, Maj. Johnathan Frasier, Sgt. 1st Class William Patterson, Crispin Banda, Erlene Barnes, Elaine Battise, Lawrence "Rusty" Bonkoski, Jackie Burgreen, Patrick Burns, Timothy Clark, Jaime Clayton, Patty Creque, Ricky Dillon, Carolyn Farmer, Wayne Fields, Chris Ford

Michael Gainey, Curtis Gross, Roger Groves, Courtney Guasti, Jennifer Haigler, Asa Harris, Danny Herron, Christopher Holden, Dana Kammeyer, James Kidd, Daniel McGauley, Joshua McKay, James McNutt, Ronald Miller, Jeni Moreno, Donald Murrow, Porscha Porter, Margie Reed, Warren Reppond, Robbin Riley, Maggie Rivers, Olusegun Salami, Joan Serpa, Doreen Simmons, Everett Smith, Kirk Smith, Michael Smith, Vivica Stokes, Kenneth Tavares, Sanford Thornton, Louis Washington, Lynn Watts, Shanell Weissinger, Laura Wyatt, Millie Wyskida, Ryan Brewer, Gregory Brown, Stephen Coons, Curt Cutler, David Cutlip, Robert Espinosa, David Fales, Paul Morgan Gilbert, Joseph Greene, Jason Hambrick, Scott Huddleston, Michael Hudson, Al James, Thomas Janzen, Jimmy Kennamer, Josh Lambrecht, Kenneth Lance, Steven Lebron-Arroyo, Reginald Lindsey, Anthony Luke, Christopher Mazur, Steven Rainey, Scott Reis, Terry Rhodes and Ervin Rivera-Soto.

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