Fort Riley honors top volunteers
Story by: Calun Reece
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Fort Riley recognized its top volunteers at the annual Volunteer of the Year ceremony April 23 at Riley's Conference Center.
About 200,000 hours were clocked by volunteers who gave their time and effort to serving Fort Riley Soldiers and their Families.
The amount of volunteer hours equated to more than $4 million saved at Fort Riley, said Becky Willis, army installation volunteer coordinator, Army Community Service.
"It's clear that the community here is built by our volunteers," said Brig. Felix Gedney, 1st Inf. Div. deputy commanding general for training. "This post would not run without the work of volunteers, let alone, be the wonderful and thriving community of which we all enjoy."
The award for Adult Family Member and Installation Volunteer of the Year winner went to Bevin Landrum, military spouse, Fort Riley.
Landrum has spent the past six years serving in at least nine organizations on and off the installation, including serving as president for Our Community Spouses Club; Family readiness group leader; and Association of the United States Army.
"It's bittersweet because it's farewell to Fort Riley," Landrum said. "This is at the end of six years of activity and involvement, where everything that I focused on has been to support Fort Riley and its great Soldiers and Families, so it's wonderful to be able to receive this."
Volunteering is a way of life, Landrum added.
Fort Riley's volunteer Family of the Year was awarded to the Tubbs Family.
"(We were) completely shocked," said Kelli Tubbs, military spouse, Nyssa, Ore. "We never expected anything like this."
The Tubbs' Family was nominated by the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team for its continuous involvement with their FRG group since 2008.
This is the third deployment with the same battalion for the Family, Tubbs' said.
"To be recognized at this level is incredible," she said.