By Yvonne Johnson, APG NewsApril 19, 2012
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - APG Army Community Service held its annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Top of the Bay April 18. While the military, civilian, retiree and youth categories carried a combined 28 nominees, the Family member category was bursting with a record 37 volunteers nominated for the top honor.
Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell, commander of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and APG, and Col. Orlando Ortiz, Garrison APG and deputy installation commander, presented certificates and awards.
While recognizing the ACS staff, Ferrell noted that during 2011, APG's volunteers served more than 13,000 hours, which saved the installation more than $282,000.
"When you have individuals who give their own time to help others, that's a big deal," he said. "It's very special that we take time to celebrate their selfless service.
"I want to thank each and every one of you. What you do matters," he said to those nominated. "This was a good year and we're hoping to raise the bar for next year. If you didn't volunteer, there are still plenty of opportunities."
The APG Volunteers of the Year are:
Military: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jennifer Collins, 20th Support Command (CBRNE)
Civilian: Kimberly Hoyle
Retiree: Larry Alejo
Youth: Erica Troxler
Family Member: Sandy Nook