By Staff Reports, ANAD Public AffairsMay 3, 2018
Anniston Army Depot's corps of volunteers were honored during a breakfast event April 19 at the DeSoto Pastime Center.
Each year, depot programs, such as the Wounded Warrior Hunt, Making Tracks 5K, quarterly blood drives and the Christmas Cheer program are made possible and enhanced by the participation of volunteers.
In all, 77 individuals gave their time to ensure Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs continued.
The time contributed came to 1,720 hours. Using Army calculations to place a monetary value on that time, ANAD volunteers saved the installation $41,520.80 during 2017.
Most of those who volunteered in 2017 - 86 percent - have given their time to the depot for at least two years.
More than half, 36, have volunteered for more than four years.
"Volunteers are the backbone, supporting the total Army family," said Johnnie Whitehead as he addressed the group.
Whitehead said most volunteers have told him the blessings they receive from giving of their time more than makes up for the time given.
He compared the corps of volunteers throughout the Army to the military itself, which is an all-volunteer force, saying they all choose to serve others.
Depot Commander Col. Joel Warhurst presented certificates to each of the volunteers present, thanking them for their service to the installation and the community.
Three volunteers were presented with flags for their exceptional dedication and giving spirit.
Catherine Rossiter was named the depot's Army Volunteer Corps Volunteer of the Year.
Jeanette Baxter is ANAD's Army Substance Abuse Program Volunteer of the Year.
Dennis King is the installation's Family and MWR Volunteer of the Year.
The installation has numerous volunteer opportunities for those who want to serve or give back to the installation or their community.
Various events are staffed almost entirely by volunteers. They also accomplish work which would have not been done otherwise, due to time and financial constraints.
If you would or a member of your family would like to volunteer and assist in various MWR programs on the installation, contact Amanda Mullinax at 256-741-5247 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.