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Post ceremony honors volunteers

By Jessica Healey | acs.volunteer | November 19, 2013

"Volunteers continue to be what is the fabric of our community," said Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, as he addressed attendees at the Oct. 29 Volunteer of the Quarter ceremony at Riley's Conference Center.

About 90 volunteers were honored during the ceremony. Collectively, they volunteered more than 18,750 hours in the past quarter.

"It takes a lot to run a community," Funk said.

Volunteers were recognized for a wide variety of efforts, both at Fort Riley and beyond the gates. From Family readiness group volunteers, pie queens, coaches and community events, to helping the victims of a tornado in Moore, Okla.

One volunteer whose efforts have reached both the community within and beyond Fort Riley was Sgt. Larry Wesley, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div. He volunteered more than 1,000 hours in the past two years feeding the homeless, organizing food drives and visiting nursing homes. He also is a youth sports coach and volunteers with the American Red Cross' Mother's Outreach program, delivering baby bundles to new mothers who have delivered at Irwin Army Community Hospital.

Wesley's wife, Jarrese, who was unable to attend, also was recognized for organizing the Mother's Outreach program. Additionally, one of their sons, Kwan, was honored through the HIRED! program for his work at the Forsyth Child Development Center.

"I'm thankful to be able to volunteer with my Family. That's what I like the most," Wesley said. "I grew up volunteering."

The Wesley Family wasn't the only Family volunteering together that was honored at the ceremony. Spc. Robert Wood, 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., his wife, Keely, and their daughter, Aidian, were all honored for their volunteer efforts with USO Fort Riley.

"They are so awesome, and an incredible addition to the USO Fort Riley Family," said Crystal Tinkey, programs manager, USO Fort Riley.

Aidian is the youngest USO Fort Riley volunteer.

About 30 Soldiers received Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and one Soldier, Spc. Cheng Padilla, 97th Military Police Battalion, was the first Soldier at Fort Riley to receive his third silver MOVSM.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Fort Riley, visit www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=ACS.volunteer.

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