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JBSA accepting nominations for volunteer awards

By David DeKunder | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | Jan. 11, 2019

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas —

Joint Base San Antonio Military & Family Readiness Centers are accepting nominations for annual awards that recognize the contributions of outstanding volunteers within the JBSA community.

Military units and volunteer organizations can submit nominations of individuals or groups for the JBSA Volunteer of the Year Awards and the JBSA Volunteer Excellence Award. Information on the awards and award nomination instructions and forms can be downloaded at http://www.jbsa.mil/Resources/Military-Family-Readiness/Volunteer-Resources/.

Nomination forms should be submitted to usaf.jbsa.502-abw.mbx.502-fss-volunteer@mail.mil. Deadline to submit an awards nomination is Feb. 22.

Award nominees and winners will be honored at the 2019 JBSA Volunteer Awards Ceremony April 17 at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center, 3060 Stanley Road, building 2797. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m.

The Volunteer of the Year Awards identify and recognize individuals who contributed their time and service to JBSA units and volunteer organizations in 2018, to include all branches of service, and who made a significant positive impact on the lives of others. Individuals who are eligible for these awards are active-duty, military family members, military retirees, Department of Defense civilians, contractors and non-military affiliated volunteers.

There are eight Volunteer of the Year Awards categories in which nominations can be submitted: active-duty, military family member, youth, retiree, civilian, small group (50 members or less), large group (51 plus members) and volunteer family of the year.

The Volunteer Excellence Award honors federal civilians, military family members, military retirees and federal retirees of all service branches who have dedicated a lifetime to community service.

Each JBSA military unit and tenant organization, down to the battalion/squadron level, and community volunteer organizations are allowed to submit one nomination per category, except for youth and the Volunteer Excellence Award in which unlimited nominations are accepted.

Sally Gonzalez, JBSA volunteer coordinator, said in 2018, volunteers put in and donated more than 394,000 hours to units and organizations within the JBSA community. That comes out to a monetary value in volunteer hours of $9.2 million.

“These units and organizations within JBSA couldn’t fully function without volunteers,” Gonzalez said.

JBSA has held an awards ceremony to recognize the work of outstanding volunteers since 2010, when JBSA was formed. The tradition of recognizing and honoring volunteers started with the Army Volunteer Corps, a program of the Army Community Service at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston. Army Community Service was the forerunner for the Military & Family Readiness Centers.

The Volunteer Awards Ceremony in April will be hosted by JBSA senior leaders representing three service branches – Army, Navy and Air Force – including Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman, JBSA and 502nd Air Base Wing commander.

“JBSA leadership wants to show how valuable volunteers are to the community and how appreciative they are of them with this ceremony,” Gonzalez said.

Workshops on writing nominations for the volunteer awards are being offered at Military & Family Readiness Centers at JBSA locations, including JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, JBSA-Lackland and JBSA-Randolph. The workshops cover how to review awards criteria and nomination forms and how to write an effective nomination package.

Workshops will be held at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston M&FRC, Jan. 23, Feb. 6 and Feb. 20, 1-2 p.m.; JBSA-Lackland M&FRC, Jan. 17, Jan. 31 and Feb. 19, 9:30 -10:30 a.m.; and JBSA-Randolph M&FRC, Jan. 18 and Feb. 8, 9-10 a.m.

For details about and to reserve a seat at any of the workshops and for information on the JBSA Volunteer Awards, contact M&FRC volunteer offices at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, 210-221-2705; JBSA-Lackland, 210-671-3722; or JBSA-Randolph, 210-652-5321.