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Annual JBSA Volunteer of the Year Award ceremony recognizes year-round efforts by many

| Military & Family Readiness Center | Dec. 14, 2016


The 2017 Joint Base San Antonio Volunteer Award Ceremony recognizes outstanding and innovative volunteer efforts by the JBSA volunteer community, to include all branches of service.

The awards honor those individuals who exemplify the role of a volunteer, as well as make a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

The ceremony, scheduled for 1-3 p.m. April 26, 2017, at the Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Support Center, 3060 Stanley Rd., building 2797, will be the first tri-hosted (Air Force, Army and Navy) ceremony in the history of Joint Base San Antonio.

Volunteer service must have been performed at any time during the 12-month period of Jan. 1-Dec. 31. 

Each unit/organization, at each of the subordinate levels down to battalion or squadron, may submit one nomination per category. 

Nominees can be nominated year to year, but cannot have won award for the category they were nominated in the previous year. 

The recognition ceremony is for all volunteers and is not qualified by number of hours contributed, however, registration with the installation volunteer coordinator and submission of hours through the Volunteer Management Information System, or VMIS, is encouraged.

This award is open to active duty, family members, retirees and Department of Defense civilians.

There are five categories in which volunteers may be nominated: individual, family, teen, small group (less than 50) and large group (more than 50).

Another award is the Volunteer Excellence Award, or VEA, which was established to recognize federal civilians, family members, military retirees and federal retirees of all branches who perform outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained, direct and consequential nature.

This lifetime achievement award, authorized by the U.S Air Force chief of staff, recognizes exceptional long-term community support which is significant in character, produces tangible results and reflects favorably on the United States armed forces.

The VEA is intended to honor direct support of community activities that may have been performed over time to include that from another military installation or local civilian community.

The service performed must have been on a voluntary basis; not as part of a tasking, and must not have resulted in any personal gain. The VEA is not for active-duty service members. Nominations will be accepted Jan. 1-Feb. 24, 2017.

The following nomination writing workshops are available at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston MFRC: Jan. 11, 1-3 p.m.; Jan. 18, 9-11 a.m.; Feb. 8, 9-11 a.m.; and Feb. 15, 1-3 p.m.

For more information, call 221-9849.