Chances are, Soldiers from Company A, 2-13th Aviation Regiment already have plans for the weekend. The unit has a passion for volunteer work and is looking for more.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by how active they are [volunteering], they love it, so we’re always looking for something else to do,” said Staff Sgt. Adam Trammell.
Trammell coordinates volunteer work for the unit and said these projects started last September to keep Soldiers from sitting around the barracks on weekends. Since that time period, 163 Soldiers within the company have participated in volunteer work.
Pfc. Sam Moore is one of those volunteers. Before the military, Moore put his community service skills to work in the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts stating, “It’s something I am used to doing.”
He mentioned his favorite project so far has been the Haunted Hayride he participated in last October. The unit dressed as zombies escorting Halloween-goers on the hayride.
For the company, the volunteer efforts come with many benefits, starting with having a positive effect on the community as Capt. Tyler Penn explained.
“[Volunteer work] serves the community, which I think is important for all military members, especially since we’re scattered throughout the world,” he said. “It’s important to create a lasting impression, and one of the ways we can do that is through helping the communities that we get stationed at.”
According to Moore, when there is a disconnect between civilians and military personnel, events like community service projects bring people together.
Not only is the community at an advantage, but the Soldiers see their own personal benefits. Trammell elaborates on how rewarded his Soldiers feel.
“There’s a sense of pride and accomplishment, they get a lot of gratitude, that feeling on the inside that they’ve helped somebody in need and made a situation better,” he said.
One personal skill Moore said he learned from his time volunteering was leadership.
“Somebody’s got to take charge and set goals, but have fun with it,” Moore added.
The Company A, 2-13th Aviation Regiment projects include working with Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, animal shelter ARK of Whetstone, City of Sierra Vista, American Red Cross and Real Dreams. Since the start of their volunteerism last fall, the company has worked 3,414 hours.