Fort Sill, Okla. -- Transition can present many challenges for an Army family as they establish roots and routines involving new assignments, locations, and living conditions. One of the best ways family members can adjust to the constant challenges of Army life is to volunteer. When family members volunteer, they have an opportunity to display their skills and contribute within the battalion and community.

To showcase the value and importance of volunteering, the 3rd Battalion 13th Field Artillery Regiment hosted a volunteer recognition ceremony to recognize the tremendous, selfless service, time, and energy the volunteers have donated throughout the battalion.

"These volunteers make what we do on a daily basis easier, and we feel it is important to express our sincere appreciation for their many efforts," said Lt. Col. Tom Roe, the commander of 3rd Battalion 13th Field Artillery Regiment. "They spend countless hours selflessly serving our battalion, and we hope to continue this trend for years to come."

The ceremony was presided over by Roe and battalion Command Sgt. Maj. Derrick Flowers.
Roe and Flowers presented certificates of achievement and small gifts to Kayla Clayton, Josara Murphy, Kathi Roberts, Debra Allen, Amanda Clayton, Christy Fatula, Emily Molina, Amber Weurgler, Amy Perry, Shonda Newsome, Michelle Nabinger, Jessica Lawson, Rebekah Kite, Traci Evans, Jenny Gerber, Monica Tomas, Janet Ramirez, Bonita Mathews, Angel Etheridge, Amanda Semelka, Imelda Chagolla, and Wanda Hicks.

Susy Roe, the senior FRG advisor, acknowledged, "Whether you were a key caller, an FRG leader or volunteered any hour or several hours, we could not have done all we have without your help!"

While family readiness groups offer volunteers one option, throughout any Army community there is a wide range of opportunities.

Volunteering brings many opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and assorted skills to demonstrate their abilities and that is what Emily Molina did.

Emily Molina is a huge wealth of information. Emily takes time out of her day to run and continuously update a Facebook page called "A Place for Fort Sill Wives and Girlfriends." The page provides an overwhelming amount of information for spouses, girlfriends and family members about the Ft. Sill area.

Emily is also the lead volunteer with the Army Community Service group called The Caravan. This is a group specifically designed for mothers with children ages 0 to 5 years old. Emily organizes, reserves, and attends events and local day trips that cater to the needs and interests of the group, giving moms with little ones something to do.

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