25th ID honors Soldiers and DoD civilians in Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

By Staff Sgt. Katelyn VazquezFebruary 21, 2024

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Over 80 U.S. Army Soldiers and Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees were recognized for their years of dedication to service and countless hours of volunteering during the 25th Infantry Division (ID) and U.S. Army Hawaii Recognition Ceremony at the Sgt. Smith Theater on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Feb. 15, 2024.

“It was really nice to be recognized for the years of service; it’s something I’ve done for pretty much my whole adult life, either in uniform or out of it,” said James Chickering, a 25th ID budget analyst. “It’s really cool to share this moment with my wife, Karen, and the community I love.”

As a Length of Service awardee, Chickering has dedicated a total of 25 years of service to the DoD, where he monitors and tracks unit funds and spending.

The ceremony showcased all of the efforts put forth by Soldiers and DoD civilians, which included things like volunteering as a youth sports coach, volunteering time at a local animal shelter, or rendering immediate care to patrons in need during emergent situations while off duty.

U.S. Army Capt. Artist Jones, a logistic officer assigned to Force Company, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Jones has spent the last two years volunteering at the Red Cross, as well as the Veterans Affairs at Tripler Army Medical Center, where he enjoys spending time with veterans and bringing his Soldiers to connect with them through sharing stories and experiences.

“I recommend everyone to volunteer. It costs you nothing to give your time,” said Jones. “It’s bigger than just us, what we do in uniform, it’s what we do outside in the local community.”

The 25th ID recognized many service members and civilian employees for surpassing expectations by devoting time to support local causes and for years of dedication to the Department of Defense.