DVIDS – News – Selfless Service, not just a one-day commitment

Each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the theme “A Day On, Not A Day Off” encourages us to honor his legacy with a day of service to give back to the community. This reflects the Army’s value of selfless service and is certainly not a one-day commitment.

Soldiers demonstrate selfless service daily by wearing uniform and faithfully discharging their duties. And many volunteer during their off hours to support the community.

sergeant. 1st Class Eric Butler with the 80th Training Division TASS Training Center at Fort Hunter Liggett is a Soldier who exemplifies the value of selfless service. Off the job, he is vice president of the San Antonio Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization; and is an active and volunteer member of VFW Post 6747 and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

“What makes it interesting for me is seeing the happiness of the people we serve,” Butler said. “I like meeting people, getting feedback on the quality of events; it makes me want to do more. »

In office, Butler is mayor of his residential area in office, is a member of the Community Initiative Group (CIG) of the FHL and acting coordinator of the sexual assault response of the FHL. “I volunteer because I like to stay busy and add value to our facility,” Butler said. “I want to help make the quality of life of our soldiers and residents as good as possible. »

But what motivates him the most is that his children also benefit from the hard work of the CIG. “There’s nothing better than coming home at night and hearing my kids talk about all the fun they’ve had. They motivate me to make things bigger and better every time.

The CIG was formed during the COVID pandemic to help boost morale and is having a meaningful and positive impact for the community. CIG events also support the Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Branch by generating revenue and reducing some staff work.

Another member of the CIG is the first sergeant of the garrison, 1st Sgt. Clinton Unger, who also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America. “I’ve been volunteering with Boy Scouts for about eight years because I want to provide better opportunities for my kids and other kids in the community,” Unger said.

What he likes most about Scouts is that young people can choose their activities, which promotes leadership and teamwork. Unger also thinks it keeps them excited about learning new topics. “Too often, we are required to learn only what is presented to us in school or as a job requirement, which can limit skills,” Unger said.

He also volunteers for Chapel’s Vacation Bible School program; supports the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program; and served as a mentor in two mentorship programs (FHL and University of Charleston West Virginia).

“Even though my volunteer service is not nationwide, I hope my efforts will help our local children and that they in turn can share their knowledge and skills with others,” Unger said.

FHL Operations Master Sgt. Julius Williams is a member of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program which includes community service as one of their guiding pillars. He, along with his fellow soldiers, regularly volunteers to support community events and organizations.

“Volunteering was instilled in me from childhood,” Williams said. “My grandmother and I supported an annual summer program called Save the Kids that offered activities and life skills.”

Some projects he worked on were helping Mission San Antonio with landscaping, the VFW for Veterans Day and Memorial Day events, and most recently the King City Wreaths Across America event as a member. color guard.

“I love seeing the smiles on people’s faces and engaging with the community,” Williams said. “It’s important to know the community and likewise, for them to learn about the Army.”

Army civilians also play a vital role not only on the installation, but also in their communities.

Akuaha Moreno works in the public affairs office and is an Army wife, which means she serves alongside her husband throughout his career to uphold Army values. Moreno is also the mayor of a residential area of ​​Fort Hunter Liggett and a member of the CIG.

She greatly values ​​the opportunity to work alongside FHL Command Sgt. Major Mark Fluckiger, other mayors and the CIG to support the community.

“This platform provides CIG with the opportunity to be part of the settlement team and support residents with activities that may not be available through traditional means,” Moreno said. “I believe you need to be part of the solution if you see a problem that needs fixing.”

She says it is rewarding to be able to contribute and see a project through from start to finish. “It’s great to see the residents and the kids having a good experience,” Moreno said. “Every event, no matter how big or small, makes a huge difference in this remote place.”

As a member of the public affairs staff, Moreno also selflessly serves whenever the mission calls, which includes holidays or weekends.

You can count on the Army Family to make a difference on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and every day!

Date taken: 14.01.2022
Date posted: 14.01.2022 19:09
Story ID: 412952
Site: FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, California, United States

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