Salutes & Awards

April 19, 2013

Team Edwards honors those who went above and beyond

Volunteer Recognition Ceremony guest speaker Jeff Baumgartner, executive director for the American Red Cross-Antelope Valley Chapter, gives insight into the importance and value one volunteer has in a community during the annual ceremony held April 16 at Club Muroc. The ceremony honored volunteers at Edwards who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period – or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor is given by what he gave.” — Calvin Coolidge

For more than 400 volunteers at Edwards, the Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony held April 16 at Club Muroc was just one way to honor those who continuously give of their time.

This year’s theme was “We’re Coconuts for our Volunteers” and attendees were treated to a Hawaiian-themed event, which included Edwards AFB’s Asian Pacific Islanders Dance Group.

“Recognition is a big part of the military way of life and with today’s ceremony we wanted to make sure that our volunteers know how much they are appreciated, not only by our office or base leadership, but the entire base,” said Claudia Stover, 412th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center team lead for spouse employment and volunteer resources. “I don’t know how we would function without volunteers. They keep a lot of organizations, agencies and offices running when the chips are down. I think you can’t say ‘thank you’ enough and this was just a small way of doing that.”

Of those in attendance, Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, commenced the ceremony by expressing his and the entire base’s appreciation for the selfless service these volunteers provide. Following Brewer’s comments, guest speaker Jeff Baumgartner, executive director for the American Red Cross-Antelope Valley Chapter, gave insight into the importance and value of just one volunteer in a community.

Rick Buckreis, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs Graphics chief, is presented with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award during the 2013 Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony April 16 at Club Muroc. Buckreis was also presented with the Air Force Volunteer Excellence Award for his service as a volunteer and administration lieutenant with the Kern County Sheriff’s Desert Search and Rescue Unit and other volunteer efforts on Edwards and in the surrounding communities for a collective span of 30-plus years. This award was established to recognize federal civilians, family members, military retirees and federal retirees who perform outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained, direct and consequential nature and can only be presented once in a volunteer’s lifetime.

“The American Red Cross is a volunteer organization that relies profoundly on more than half a million volunteers who really are the heartbeat, muscle and the central nervous system of our organization. To be able to come out and thank the volunteers of Edwards AFB is an honor,” said Baumgartner. “It just takes one individual to make a decision to volunteer and the power of one individual, as I’ve seen it with my own eyes, to affect change and progress is just amazing. I’ve seen so many passionate volunteers and it feeds off onto other people, so I would certainly encourage somebody who’s thinking about it to step up to the plate and give it a try because it could really make a difference.”

After Baumgartner’s speech, volunteers in attendance, who met the criteria, were individually presented with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period – or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. The Presidential Volunteer Service Award is further divided into four categories to recognize the amount of time each volunteer gives:

 

Bronze Level

Kids: 50 to 74 hours

Young Adults: 100 to 174 hours

Adults: 100 to 249 hours

Family & Groups: 200 to 499 hours

 

Silver Level

Kids: 75 to 99 hours

Young Adults: 175 to 249 hours

Adults: 250 to 499 hours

Family & Groups: 500 to 999 hours

 

Gold Level

Kids: 100 hours or more

Young Adults: 250 hours or more

Adults: 500 hours or more

Family & Groups: 1000 hours or more

President’s Call to Service Award

President’s Call to Service Award

All Ages: 4,000 hours or more of volunteer service (over a lifetime)

 

“There are folks at Edwards who volunteer in all capacities over the years, not only for the base but for communities where they live in and around them, which promotes goodwill between the base and our surrounding communities,” Stover said. “Even though they’re not a designated base representative, people know you work there and that says a lot about the base.”

To crown the event, Brewer presented the Air Force Volunteer Excellence Award to Richard Buckreis, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs chief of Graphics, for his service as a volunteer and administration lieutenant with the Kern County Sheriff’s Desert Search and Rescue Unit and other volunteer efforts on Edwards and in the surrounding communities for a collective span of 30-plus years. This award was established to recognize federal civilians, family members, military retirees and federal retirees who perform outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained, direct and consequential nature and can only be presented once in a volunteer’s lifetime.

“I really didn’t expect this. This is an award you hear about and I’ve only known about one person who’s received this in my lifetime. When you volunteer your time, it’s not about what you get, it’s about what you’re giving, so to be recognized like this was an honor,” said Buckreis. “At the end of the day though, this is not what I do it for, someone saying ‘thank you’ means a lot more than anything else and I just hope the time I spend volunteering encourages the younger generation and others to want to carry on that same path.”

 

The following individuals were presented with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award:

Bronze-Level Medal

Jayme Acree, 412th Test Wing Chapel

Staff Sgt. Andy Acree, 412th TW Chapel

Airman 1st Class Hayley Borchard, 412th Medical Group

Phil Cheng, Edwards Youth Sports

Samuel Clark, Edwards Youth Sports

Linda Clark-O’Brien, Edwards Tax Center

Wendy Clouse, 412th TW Chapel

Staff Sgt. Christopher Cowell, 412th MDG

Tech. Sgt. Eric Cullen, Victim’s Advocate Office

Staff Sgt. Jessica E. Custodio, 412th MDG

Alicia Debevec, 412th TW Chapel

Capt. Jacob Debevec, 412th TW Chapel

Jay Dunham, 412th TW Chapel

Julie English, 412th TW Chapel

Jen Foxworth, 412th TW Chapel

Maj. Russell Foxworth, 412th TW Chapel

Bonnie Gerber, Edwards Tax Center

Angela Gray, 412th TW Chapel

Sue Green, APET

Calla Hines, Airman’s Attic

Kristie Jarmusz, 412th TW Chapel

Doris Jones, 412th TW Chapel

Tech. Sgt. Taiwan Jones, Edwards Youth Sports/412th TW Chapel

Michelle Lafarga-Soltis, APET

Gerald Lockwood, Cub Scouts/Soccer Referee

Japhia Logan, 412th TW Chapel/ Edwards Youth Sports

Maj. Shanda Marshall, 412th MDG

Master Sgt. Richard, Mathuren, 412th MDG

Loni McGettrick, 412th TW Chapel

Maj. Chris Melcher, 412th TW Chapel

Angela Menghini, Airman’s Attic

Belinda Miller, 412th MDG

A1C Franklin J. Miranda, 412th MDG

Rosanne Mork, 412th TW Chapel

Amy Oblon, 412th TW Chapel

Larry Oribio, Desert Jr./Sr. High

Sam Peltz, 412th TW Chapel

Senior Airman Brett Peltz, 412th TW Chapel

Allison Phillips, 412th TW Chapel

Linda Phillips-Bell, 412th TW Chapel

1st Lt. Cheriza Plott, 412th MDG

Steph Rassmussen, 412th TW Chapel

Staff Sgt. Gilberto Rodriguez , Victim’s Advocate Office

Airman 1st Class Ryan J. Ruffner, 412th MDG

Erica Sanford, 412th TW Chapel

Mark Sapp, Edwards Youth Programs

Staff Sgt. Candice Scott, 412th MDG

2nd Lt. Chris Talbot, Air Force Association

Deborah Taschner, 412 MDG

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Till, 412th TW Chapel

Tom Twisdale, 412th TW Chapel

Staff Sgt. James Vanson, 412th MDG

Stephanie Vaughn, Branch Pond Fish Derby

Alex Vittorio, APET

Marilyn Williams, 412th TW Chapel

Alex Wolford, 412th TW Chapel

 

Silver-Level Medal

Senior Airman Jennifer Andrade, 412th MDG

Airman 1st Class Sarah J. Bird, 412th MDG

Lincoln Bond, Air Force Flight Test Museum

Marie Cameron, Women’s History Month/African American History Month/Play Day in Park event/Singing on Base

Amy Driscoll, APET

Vicki Dunham, 412th TW Chapel

Steven Hansen, DAR/ Tehachapi Little League & 4-H

Hallie Kelly, APET

Jessica Kent, APET

Jeff Kent, AFFT Museum

John Klepp, AFFT Museum

Dave Lathrop, Desert Jr/Sr High

Calvin Marshall, 412th TW Chapel

Master Sgt. John McGee, Girl Scouts/Parent Teacher Organization/Asian Pacific Islanders

Col. Garvin McGettrick, Edwards AFB Chapel

Deb McPherson, 412th TW Chapel

Val Melvin, 412th TW Chapel

Jodi Miller, APET/American Cancer Society/Special Olympics

Auline Platt, 412th TW Chapel

Col. Michael Platt, 412th TW Chapel

Tech. Sgt. Eddie D. Roden, 412th MDG/Edwards Youth Sports

Bridgette Schuyler, Airman’s Attic

Senior Airman Lucas J. Underwood, AFFT Museum

Ty Wilcox, AFFT Museum

 

Gold-Level Medal

Richard Buckreis, Kern County Sheriff Search & Rescue/other volunteer efforts

Staff Sgt. Rudy Baisa, Victim’s Advocate Office

Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Bell, Victim’s Advocate Office

Beth Boone, Airman and Family Readiness Center/Church/Cub Scouts

Tech. Sgt. Lawrence Bredwell, Airman’s Attic

Amber Cody, APET

Robert Cohn, AFFT Museum

Mark Detka, AFRC

Alex Dunham, 412th TW Chapel

Kim Dunham, Victim’s Advocate Office

Tonya Eckles, Victim’s Advocate Office

Mary Lou Erb, Airman’s Attic

A1C Nathaniel Fisher, Victim’s Advocate Office

William Flanagan, AFFT Museum

Michael Glenn, AFFT Museum

William Grant, AFFT Museum

Arthur Hernandez, AFFT Museum

Frank Hoffman, AFFT Museum

Frank Hoffman, 412th TW Chapel

Mary Hoffman, 412th TW Chapel

Senior Airman Sabrina Jones, 412th MDG

Janice Laurenti, Quilts of Valor

Dennis Lundin, AFFT Museum

Bonnie McGee, Girl Scouts/ PTO/ Asian Pacific Islanders

Master Sgt. Adrienne McGill, Victim’s Advocate Office

Sarie Miranda, Airman’s Attic

Pete Nowicki, AFFT Museum

Richard Paquette, Piute Ponds

Lloyd Proffitt, AFFT Museum

Michelle Rose, Victim’s Advocate

Mrs. Sanchez, Airman’s Attic

Lois Snyder, AFFT Museum

Katelin Sprague, Victim’s Advocate

Tech. Sgt. Jarius Thorp, Airman’s Attic

Shelley Thurman, APET

Tech. Sgt. David Villegas, Airman’s Attic

Megan Vittorio, APET

Ray Vonier, AFFT Museum

Staff Sgt. Andy Wallan, Victim’s Advocate Office

Faith W., AFRC/Teens Center/Library/WHM

 




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