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CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Two Area I spouses were recognized Tuesday for their community work here.

Army Community Services named Lisa Gheno Cueves of Centennial, Colo., and Robin Horan, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., as Area I Outstanding Military Spouses.

Their soldier husbands nominated them for the annual awards.

Both husbands are based at Camp Casey. Maj. Timothy Cuevas serves with the 168th Medical Battalion; Spc. Joseph Horan, with Company E, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion.

Area I commander Col. Jeff Christiansen said the spouses recognized at the awards, along with many others, did more than provide a home-cooked meal and a place for their husbands and families to gather.

“They contribute materially to the readiness of our force. In Area I, they are non-command-sponsored and the resources are not here that are in other places,” he said. “But they have taken it upon themselves to serve and contribute to the readiness of our force.”

Maj. Cuevas, who accepted his wife’s award on her behalf, said he nominated her for everything she does.

“No matter where we were or what post we were at, she was always volunteering,” he said.

Lisa Gheno Cueves has worked with several Army components to advertise and promote Army Family Team Building. She also is active in the Girl Scouts, he said.

Robin Horan, who has lived as a non-command-sponsored spouse in Tongduchoen since late 2003 — meaning she wasn’t there as part of her husband’s orders — also was honored as Area I 2005 Volunteer of the Year this month.

Her volunteer activities included becoming an Army Family Team Building instructor; teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation as an American Red Cross health and safety instructor with Army Community Services; teaching English to South Koreans; and helping newly arrived soldiers with paperwork.

Horan has said a highlight of her work was at Camp Casey in summer 2004, serving cookies and drinks with the Red Cross to 2nd Infantry Division Strike Force soldiers waiting to fly to Iraq.

Spouse of the year nominee Jenny Smith, whose husband Spc. Dustin Smith serves with Company A, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment at Camp Stanley, said she organized lunches at the Camp Stanley Pear Blossom Cottage, baked cookies for soldiers at Christmas and taught English to South Korean prisoners at the Uijongbu Correctional Institute.

Another nominee, Jennifer Helsel, wife of Sgt. Eric Helsel of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 72nd Armored Regiment, said she was a family readiness group leader during Strike Force deployment.

She teaches Army Family Team Building classes, has had her husband’s tank crew over for dinner and helped soldiers send e-mails home to wives and girlfriends, she said.

Helsel said the awards “underline all the things spouses do behind the scenes to make sure the units run smoothly.”

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.
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