By Mr. Wallace McBride (Fort Jackson)November 9, 2018
The post named Staff Sgt. Ronald Conley, wife Jade and their two children Fort Jackson Family of the Year during the annual Family of the Year ceremony Friday at the NCO Club.
Fort Jackson honored 10 Families for their contributions to the community during the ceremony.
The Conley Family was nominated by Staff Sgt. Conley's unit, Headquarters/Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, and were among the nominees representing the 165th Infantry Brigade in this year's honors.
"The Conleys balance Family and responsibilities with their commitments to the greater Columbia community and the Army," said Fort Jackson's Army Volunteer Core Coordinator Marilyn Bailey during the event. The Family volunteered in recent flood support efforts, supports the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the Victory Spouses Club, United Service Organizations and the 3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment Family Readiness Group.
Their daughters are also active volunteers, Bailey said. Annabelle, 12, volunteers at the USO, while Addy, 10, is the first girl in her Cub Scout program. Both also assist their mother while making senior welfare checks for Directorate of Emergency Services.
Brig. Gen. Milford "Beags" Beagle Jr., Fort Jackson commander, was quick to credit all of the Families nominated this year, as well as the Families of all who serve.
"When you think about it, every military family is a family of the year, in my humble opinion," he said. "What other profession signs up a spouse and their children ... into a life of sacrifice. It has been said that the Army expects a lot from its Soldiers, but it demands a lot of their Families."