CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Volunteers, community members, Soldiers and their supporters pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the Volunteer of the Year awards ceremony here, recognizing Humphreys top volunteers for 2021, April 20. Across Humphreys, volunteers logged 63,569 combined hours into the Volunteer Management Information System this year, demonstrating the community's stalwart commitment to service, goodwill and assistance across the post. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew MarcelluS)
1 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Volunteers, community members, Soldiers and their supporters pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the Volunteer of the Year awards ceremony here, recognizing Humphreys top volunteers for 2021, April 20. Across Humphreys, volunteers logged 63,569 combined hours into the Volunteer Management Information System this year, demonstrating the community's stalwart commitment to service, goodwill and assistance across the post. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew MarcelluS) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Mr. Donovan Okokwasili, a student and volunteer at the Humphreys High School's chapter of the National Honor Society, as well as numerous chapel organizations, bumps fists with Col. Michael F. Tremblay, the commander of United States Army Garrison Humphreys, after receiving an award recognizing his volunteer service here during the Volunteer of the Year ceremony, April 20. Okokwasili won the youth category for the volunteer awards, demonstrating his tireless service and dedication to the community through his actions and activities at Humphreys. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
2 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Mr. Donovan Okokwasili, a student and volunteer at the Humphreys High School's chapter of the National Honor Society, as well as numerous chapel organizations, bumps fists with Col. Michael F. Tremblay, the commander of United States Army Garrison Humphreys, after receiving an award recognizing his volunteer service here during the Volunteer of the Year ceremony, April 20. Okokwasili won the youth category for the volunteer awards, demonstrating his tireless service and dedication to the community through his actions and activities at Humphreys. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Ms. Heather Ray, left, the director of the United States Army Garrison Humphreys Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, left, Ms. Julie Hu, the Army Volunteer Corp Coordinator for USAG Humphreys, center, and Col. Michael F. Tremblay, the commander of USAG Humphreys pose behind a symbolic giant check totaling $1,729,076.80, during the Volunteer of the Year ceremony here, April 20. The symbolic check represented the 63,569 volunteer hours logged in the Volunteer Management Information System by Humphreys community members this year, demonstrating the immense value that volunteers served this year. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
3 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Ms. Heather Ray, left, the director of the United States Army Garrison Humphreys Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, left, Ms. Julie Hu, the Army Volunteer Corp Coordinator for USAG Humphreys, center, and Col. Michael F. Tremblay, the commander of USAG Humphreys pose behind a symbolic giant check totaling $1,729,076.80, during the Volunteer of the Year ceremony here, April 20. The symbolic check represented the 63,569 volunteer hours logged in the Volunteer Management Information System by Humphreys community members this year, demonstrating the immense value that volunteers served this year. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Mr. Stephen Wahlig, right, a volunteer for the Humphreys Arts and Crafts center, bumps fists with Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin C. Lemon Jr., the senior enlisted advisor for United States Army Garrison Humphreys, after being awarded the Civilian Employee/Contractor Volunteer of the Year award during a ceremony here, April 20. Mr. Wahlig dedicates his volunteer services as a woodworking instructor, one of the many experts from across Humphreys who improve the collective quality of life by offering their unique skillsets to the community. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
4 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Mr. Stephen Wahlig, right, a volunteer for the Humphreys Arts and Crafts center, bumps fists with Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin C. Lemon Jr., the senior enlisted advisor for United States Army Garrison Humphreys, after being awarded the Civilian Employee/Contractor Volunteer of the Year award during a ceremony here, April 20. Mr. Wahlig dedicates his volunteer services as a woodworking instructor, one of the many experts from across Humphreys who improve the collective quality of life by offering their unique skillsets to the community. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin C. Lemon Jr., the senior enlisted advisor for United States Army Garrison Humphreys, left, Col. Michael F. Tremblay, the commander of USAG Humphreys, center-left, and Brig. Gen. Michael D. Roache, the deputy commanding general-sustainment of Eighth Army, right, congratulate Mrs. Jackie Williams upon her winning the Volunteer of the Year award during a ceremony here, April 20. Roache served as the guest speaker for the event, noting that volunteers at Humphreys often dedicate their time to give back to the community, learn new skills, meet new people and be leaders within the community. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
5 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin C. Lemon Jr., the senior enlisted advisor for United States Army Garrison Humphreys, left, Col. Michael F. Tremblay, the commander of USAG Humphreys, center-left, and Brig. Gen. Michael D. Roache, the deputy commanding general-sustainment of Eighth Army, right, congratulate Mrs. Jackie Williams upon her winning the Volunteer of the Year award during a ceremony here, April 20. Roache served as the guest speaker for the event, noting that volunteers at Humphreys often dedicate their time to give back to the community, learn new skills, meet new people and be leaders within the community. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Mr. Phillip 'Danny' Morris, center-right, a community member who volunteers with the United Service Organizations - Sentry Village, poses with his recently awarded Retiree Category Volunteer of the Year Award alongside Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin C. Lemon Jr., left, the senior enlisted advisor for United States Army Garrison Humphreys, Col. Michael F. Tremblay, the USAG Humphreys commander, and Brig. Gen. Michael D. Roache, right, the deputy commanding general-sustainment for Eighth Army, during the Volunteer of the Year ceremony here, April 20. Volunteers from across Humphreys logged 63,569 hours in the Volunteer Management Information System this year, demonstrating the widespread community dedicated to the service and betterment of Humphreys. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
6 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Mr. Phillip 'Danny' Morris, center-right, a community member who volunteers with the United Service Organizations - Sentry Village, poses with his recently awarded Retiree Category Volunteer of the Year Award alongside Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin C. Lemon Jr., left, the senior enlisted advisor for United States Army Garrison Humphreys, Col. Michael F. Tremblay, the USAG Humphreys commander, and Brig. Gen. Michael D. Roache, right, the deputy commanding general-sustainment for Eighth Army, during the Volunteer of the Year ceremony here, April 20. Volunteers from across Humphreys logged 63,569 hours in the Volunteer Management Information System this year, demonstrating the widespread community dedicated to the service and betterment of Humphreys. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin C. Lemon Jr., left, the senior enlisted advisor for United States Army Garrison Humphreys, bumps elbows with Maj. Jamila Williams, an Eighth Army officer who volunteers with the United Service Organizations - Sentry Village, after presenting her with the Active Duty Category Volunteer of the Year award here, April 20. Williams is the center representative shift leader and the lead volunteer special events planner for the USO-Sentry Village, demonstrating the commitment that many active duty Soldiers have in dedicated their free time to volunteer for the community. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
7 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin C. Lemon Jr., left, the senior enlisted advisor for United States Army Garrison Humphreys, bumps elbows with Maj. Jamila Williams, an Eighth Army officer who volunteers with the United Service Organizations - Sentry Village, after presenting her with the Active Duty Category Volunteer of the Year award here, April 20. Williams is the center representative shift leader and the lead volunteer special events planner for the USO-Sentry Village, demonstrating the commitment that many active duty Soldiers have in dedicated their free time to volunteer for the community. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Brig. Gen. Michael D. Roache, the deputy commanding general-sustainment of Eighth Army, presents the Family Category award to Mrs. Jetta Allen, the founder, chair and president of the Humphreys Diverse Abilities Group, during the Volunteer of the Year ceremony here, April 20. Volunteers such as Allen are the backbone of the Humphreys community, with a wide range of volunteers across every demographic offering their time to help make Humphreys a premier duty station of choice. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
8 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Brig. Gen. Michael D. Roache, the deputy commanding general-sustainment of Eighth Army, presents the Family Category award to Mrs. Jetta Allen, the founder, chair and president of the Humphreys Diverse Abilities Group, during the Volunteer of the Year ceremony here, April 20. Volunteers such as Allen are the backbone of the Humphreys community, with a wide range of volunteers across every demographic offering their time to help make Humphreys a premier duty station of choice. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Brig. Gen. Michael D. Roache, the deputy commanding general-sustainment for Eighth Army, speaks with Mrs. Jackie Williams, a community volunteer and organizer, after her reception of the Volunteer of the Year award during a ceremony here, April 20. Williams has dedicated countless hours to volunteering for the Humphreys Quarantine Support page, Operation Cake for Quarantine, Religious Support Office Welcome Bags initiative, Red Cross, Army Community Services, among many other organizations, helping to support, strengthen and improve the quality of life and systems of support here at Humphreys. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
9 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Brig. Gen. Michael D. Roache, the deputy commanding general-sustainment for Eighth Army, speaks with Mrs. Jackie Williams, a community volunteer and organizer, after her reception of the Volunteer of the Year award during a ceremony here, April 20. Williams has dedicated countless hours to volunteering for the Humphreys Quarantine Support page, Operation Cake for Quarantine, Religious Support Office Welcome Bags initiative, Red Cross, Army Community Services, among many other organizations, helping to support, strengthen and improve the quality of life and systems of support here at Humphreys. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - A crowd of onlookers and supports watch as volunteers from across Humphreys are recognized in the Volunteer of the Year Ceremony here, hosted by United States Army Garrison commander Col. Michael F. Tremblay, April 20. Humphreys has over 2000 registered volunteers and over 200 registered volunteer organizations, providing ample opportunity for volunteers from every demographic to dedicate their time and efforts to help improve the quality of life here and sustain Humphreys status as a premier army installation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus)
10 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - A crowd of onlookers and supports watch as volunteers from across Humphreys are recognized in the Volunteer of the Year Ceremony here, hosted by United States Army Garrison commander Col. Michael F. Tremblay, April 20. Humphreys has over 2000 registered volunteers and over 200 registered volunteer organizations, providing ample opportunity for volunteers from every demographic to dedicate their time and efforts to help improve the quality of life here and sustain Humphreys status as a premier army installation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Matthew Marcellus) (Photo Credit: Spc. Matthew Marcellus) VIEW ORIGINAL

By: Spc. Matthew Marcellus / USAG Humphreys Public Affairs

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea – Echoes of jubilation and excitement filled the River Bend Golf Club as volunteers from across Humphreys were recognized and awarded in a ceremony hosted by Col. Michael F. Tremblay, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys here, April 20.

Tremblay, Brig. Gen. Michael D. Roache, the guest speaker for the event and the deputy commanding general – sustainment for Eighth Army and Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin C. Lemon Jr., the senior enlisted advisor for USAG Humphreys, presented awards covering six categories to dedicated and selfless volunteers from throughout the community.

Maj. Jamila Williams (Active Duty), volunteer for the United Service Organizations (USO) – Sentry Village; Mr. Phillip ‘Danny’ Morris (Retiree), also a volunteer for the USO – Sentry Village; Mrs. Jetta Allen (Family Member), volunteer for the Humphreys Diverse Abilities Group; Mr. Stephen Wahlig (Civilian Employee/Contractor), volunteer with the Arts and Crafts Center; and Mr. Donovan Okpokwasili (Youth), with the Humphreys High School chapter of the National Honor Society and numerous chapel services, each won their respective volunteer categories and received a certificate of excellence, crystal and a coin from Tremblay, Roache and Lemon.

Additionally, Mrs. Jackie Williams, a coordinator for the Humphreys Quarantine Support Facebook page and volunteer for many other Humphreys organizations, won the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2021, recognizing her tireless effort and determination.

“The volunteers in the Humphreys community have had a huge impact, even during the pandemic,” said Jackie Williams. “You will find dedicated individuals coming together to fill the gaps that the Army and its support agencies just can’t fill. Our community fills those gaps to make sure that Humphreys truly is the Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) assignment of choice.”

Ms. Heather Ray, the USAG Humphreys Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation director, presented a giant replica demonstration check with the symbolic amount of $1,729,076.80 to Tremblay, accounting for the cumulative 63,569 hours logged in the Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) by community members this year.

“The check represents the dollar amount of the hours contributed by Humphreys volunteers to enhance the quality of life for our community,” said Ms. Julie Hu, the Army Volunteer Corp Coordinator for USAG Humphreys. “The value of a volunteer’s time is calculated with hourly earnings released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Independent Sector’s latest report on July 21, 2020, states that the value of a volunteer hour is $27.20.”

A panel of community members judged the nomination packets to determine the winners of each category, a difficult task considering the importance and value that volunteering has brought to the Humphreys community.

“If you had to define the volunteer spirit of Humphreys, it would be determined individuals who serve the community, increasing morale, filling the gaps, and caring for all the members of our community,” said Jackie Williams. “They put in the hours, not expecting anything in return.”

The vast volunteer opportunities and the enthusiastic participation across Humphreys has allowed for a tight-knit web of support which has connected Soldiers, family members, civilians, and all other members of the community together in a unique and helpful community.

“Our volunteers throughout the community are connected to the things that they are passionate about, the things that matter to them,” said Jackie Williams. “You see it in our volunteers who mentor and coach our youth, it’s their passion to work with the youth of our community. You can see it in those who serve our newest community members in quarantine, they have a passion for making them feel welcomed and comfortable during those uncertain and unusual times. You can see it in our volunteers who serve their time filling the gaps behind the scenes, making sure events happen that boost the morale of our community.”

Those seeking volunteer opportunities are encouraged to utilize the VMIS, located on the Army Family Web Portal (AFWP), or to reach out to Hu, at the Army Community Service office on the first floor of Maude Hall.