Joint Base Myer–Henderson Hall celebrated National Volunteer Week by hosting the annual Installation Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Spates Community Club April 17. Volunteers from JBM-HH were honored for their dedication and commitment toward community service on base. More than 23 organizations were represented, which included American Red Cross, Army Officers Wives Club of the Greater Washington Area and the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program. More than 95,000 hours have been completed by volunteers.
“We could not provide our quality of services on our base without the help of our military Families and volunteers,” said Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commanding general of the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.
Certificates of appreciation were awarded to volunteers who have completed up to 30 years of service. The MDW Helping Hand Award was presented to Barbara Willey, who has shown outstanding service in more than two volunteer organizations. Willey is the president of AOWCOGWA, a volunteer at the Fort Myer Thrift Shop, and a greater for Honor Flights.
The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Jennifer Scrabeck, a member of the Armed Forces Hostess Association. Scrabeck joined the team in March and ambitiously assisted the organization with technology and training.
“I appreciated it very much. I was very shocked, I think that it is a great honor to have received this award,” said Scrabeck.
While at the Hostess Association, she managed all social media while improving productivity, which allowed volunteers to access information and perform their duties when not at the Pentagon. Scrabeck was awarded with a decorative pin, flowers, a commander’s coin and a certificate of achievement signed by Col. Carl R. Coffman, commander of JBM-HH.
“We would like to thank all of our volunteers today. The best thing that anyone can give is their time. The servicemembers on our base are grateful,” said Coffman.