FORT HOOD, Texas -- A company commander here earned distinction as First Army Division West's 2013 Volunteer of the Year during ceremonies at Club Hood April 23.

"Volunteering has always been a part of my life," said Capt. William Brown, commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 479th Field Artillery Brigade. "I believe identifying the needs of our community and taking steps to have an impact on them is our responsibility as citizens."

Introduced to various organizations in Central Texas early on as an AmeriCorps volunteer during his college years, Brown found many people who were extremely passionate about making the world a better place.

"My family, teachers, and mentors taught me the value of service by being active in our church and community as a kid," he said. "I've had the good fortune of being able to help others with their visions of making the community a better place and have had the support of others with my own vision.

Brown earned his first honor as 2013 Volunteer of the Year for the 479th Field Artillery Brigade. "It was an honor to be recognized as the Division West Volunteer of the Year and an even bigger honor to meet so many Soldiers, family members, and local citizens so deeply committed to making the great Fort Hood community a better place," he said.

First Army Division West is a multi-component training Division which mobilized 214 units and 15,503 Soldiers and demobilized 295 units and 19,349 Soldiers during 2013. These units ran the gamut from general officer headquarters to small detachments and included missions ranging from Sustainment, Aviation, Engineer, Military Police, Air Defense Artillery and Medical in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and other operations around the world.