Red Cloud volunteers lauded for their contributions to Army
Stars and Stripes April 30, 2008
CAMP CASEY, South Korea — The 2nd Infantry Division and U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud honored its volunteers with a big check Monday — it just wasn’t one they could spend.
The $62,755 check was a symbol of what the labor hours volunteers have worked during the past year.
“That’s what the fabulous volunteers across our division contribute to soldiers and families … for that we are extremely in your debt,” said 2nd ID commander Maj. Gen. John Morgan III at a banquet Monday inside the Warrior Club.
Rocio Crumley was named volunteer of the year for her effort with Army Community Services, family team building and holiday projects. She also is a family readiness group leader.
“I really enjoy showing new wives the different programs that are available, because I was in that same situation as a new wife in the Army,” said Crumley, whose husband is an Army attorney.
Crumley said she couldn’t count the number of hours she has volunteered without looking it up. She simply enjoys it, she said.
“It’s not like homework,” Crumley added.
The other nominees were Rhodora Mosher, Megan Jaunich, Chandani Buccino, Grethal McPhil, Sandy Rauhut, Suzette Mathis, Ae Sun Kim, Chun Sop Chung and Gu Ryum Hwang.
The 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment won the award for volunteer unit of the year. The regiment came in second last year after winning it two years ago.
The battalion’s soldiers have helped out at orphanages, taught English and run holiday toy drives for South Korean children, 2-9 commander Lt. Col. Michael Rauhut said.
“It reflects a lot of hard work on the part of the soldiers and their family members here with us,” Rauhut said.
Those looking for volunteer opportunities can contact the nearest chaplain’s office or go to http://www.myarmylifetoo.com.