By Staff Sgt. Armando LimonMay 19, 2017
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, "Broncos," 25th Infantry Division, held its quarterly Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at F Quad, here, May 9.
In total, 18 volunteers from the brigade, to include Soldiers, military spouses and members from local nonprofit Surfing the Nations were recognized for their community volunteer efforts at the Bronco Brigade building.
"The purpose of the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony is to recognize outstanding individuals that have made a great impact in our battalions or in the community," said Christine Ryan, spouse to Col. Robert Ryan, commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID.
Each battalion was responsible for nominating volunteers who they believed went above and beyond for community outreach and volunteerism.
"I think volunteering and giving back to our community in any way that we can is huge. It shows that we want to be a part of the community that we live in even though we are only here for a short time period," Ryan said. "Personally, I enjoy volunteering twice a month at Feeding the Hungry in Wahiawa. This organization (Surfing the Nations) gives back every day to the community, and all they ask for are volunteers to help make their programs a success."
The awardees each received a lei and a volunteer Certificate of Appreciation from the brigade.
Craig Nunez and Lee McElroy, both volunteers from Surfing the Nations, were recognized by the Bronco Bde. for their valuable contributions to the brigade's readiness groups, to Army Community Service, and to the surrounding community as they prepared to depart their positions.
The volunteers received a warm applause for their kind efforts to the Army and local community alike.
"It is important that we take time to thank our family readiness volunteers and community partners," said Capt. Ramee Opperude, public affairs officer in charge, 3rd BCT, 25th ID. "While these events (Volunteer Recognition ceremonies) occur quarterly, the impacts of our volunteers' selfless service are felt each and every day across the brigade and the installation. It is truly inspiring to work with our community partners and Army volunteers each week and to see the impact they make in our Soldiers' lives."