Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Annex had 126 registered volunteers in 2022, and the Fort Detrick community took the opportunity to recognize their contributions during a ceremony, April 20.
They volunteered more than 9,500 hours, saving the garrison $284,936.81.
“Volunteers are essential to the Army's mission,” said Susan Treadwell, Army Community Service Volunteer Coordinator. “They selflessly give their time to our community. From coaching youth sports to assisting administrative offices, volunteers are critical to building strong communities.”
“It is my privilege to be here today, accompanied by our garrison commander, Col. Marsh, to honor the service members, civilians, military retirees, contractors, and families from Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Annex who volunteer to support a multitude of efforts in this great Army community,” said Joe Holland, deputy to the commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, during his opening remarks. “I’ve always appreciated that nested within the term ‘community’ is the very purposeful word: ‘unity’. It especially is a truism here at Fort Detrick and at the Forest Glen Annex that our volunteers enable an essential connection in unifying the local and military communities they support. Our volunteers contribute a broad range of services which augment paid staff and enhance and expand the capabilities of Army Community Services,” continued Holland. “Last year, 126 volunteers donated more than 9,500 volunteer hours at Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Annex.”
MRDC Command Sergeant Major Kyle Brunell, USAG Fort Detrick Command Sergeant Major Michael Dills, and USAG Fort Detrick Deputy to the Commander Wilfred Plumley were also in attendance to show their support for the volunteers.
Volunteers of the Year:
Active-duty service member VOTY: SGT Nylab Ahmady (BOSS)
Retiree VOTY: Maj. (retired) Rosemary Richardson (Chapel)
Civilian VOTY: Mrs. Beth Werner (Chapel)
Another 20 volunteers received a Presidential Service Award. These individuals volunteered more than 100 hours, each receiving Presidential recognition.