FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Maj. Jeffrey Vaughan received the Minuteman Brigade of Volunteers award during the 2013 Reserve Officers Association Department of South Carolina State Convention, held April 20 at the Fort Jackson Officers' Club.

The award is presented to members for their voluntary activity within the Association, particularly in membership solicitation and retention. Each nomination requires either a resolution or a letter of nomination including justification signed by the department president.

The Palmetto chapter, founded 1972, has 321 members in the Midlands and greater Columbia area, but had been inactive for more than six years when Vaughan moved his membership from the Department of North Carolina in 2010.

"It has taken over three years, but we finally have a core group and are able to actively participate in the Fort Jackson community," Vaughan said.

He is currently assigned to the 1st Brigade, Gulf Division, 75th Training Command and works as a civilian for the 81st Regional Support Command. "I really appreciate being able to participate in professional organizations because they provide an avenue to develop leadership skills that can enhance an officer's ability to contribute to current and future duty assignments," Vaughan said.

Retired Marine Maj. Gen. Andrew Davis, executive director for ROA wrote, "(the award) is indicative of the gratitude of your association for the leadership you have provided in the past and signifies our confidence that you will continue ... in the future."

The Palmetto chapter seeks to further the profession of arms and the public interest by engaging partnerships with the military, civilian, business and education communities in the Fort Jackson area to pursue policies and goals of mutual interest. The organization serves as a truly joint service organization providing networking and mentoring opportunities to all Reserve officers.