FY2016 National Guard Volunteer Awards Winners Have Been Announced!
The National Guard Family Program recognizes the importance of volunteers as valuable contributors to the Family Program mission. Volunteers serve by giving freely of their time and talents, providing services, resources, or by sharing their skills to benefit Service Members and their Families. As a most precious resource, volunteers are acknowledged through a national volunteer recognition program. Below are this year's winners:
Army Guard Family of the Year: The Merritt Family: Brian, Teresa, and Ava Merritt; and Andrew and Emma Ross from Joint Force Headquarters, J1 Family Programs, Virginia Army National Guard.
Air Guard Family of the Year: The Cochran Family: Timothy, Teresa, Brandon, Cheyenne, and Caleb Cochran; and Liberty Morrow from the 132nd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard.
The Gold Award: Ms. Cherie White from 1st Battalion, 144th Field Artillery, California Army National Guard
Army Extra Mile Award: Ms. Julia Joseph-Simon from Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 786th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Virgin Islands Army National Guard
Air Extra Mile Award: Dr. Judy Mathewson from 188th Mission Support Group, Arkansas Air National Guard
Youth Development Volunteer Award: Ms. Mireysha Mojica Quintana from the Joint Force Headquarters, Child & Youth Program, Puerto Rico National Guard
Youth Volunteer Award: Mr. Jacob 'Jake' Enemark from the Joint Forces Headquarters, Family Programs, Oregon National Guard
Family Program Community Purple Award: Camp Alliance, Inc. from Rodgers, Arkansas
Regional Volunteer of the Year Award:
Region 1 – Brenda De La Cruz from Battery A, 1st Battalion, 101th Field Artillery, Massachusetts Army National Guard
Region 2 – No Winner
Region 3 – Ms. Michaela Claywell from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry, Virginia Army National Guard
Region 4 – Ms. Maureen Kohler from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry, Florida Army National Guard
Region 5 – Ms. Barbara Genisio from 444th Chemical Company, Illinois Army National Guard
Region 6 – Ms. Susan Black from 843rd Engineer Company, Louisiana Army National Guard
Region 7 – Ms. Jordan Appel from 132nd Wing Operations Group, Iowa Air National Guard
Region 8 – Ms. Amy Arnold from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Utah Army National Guard
Region 9 – Ms. Rhonda Sparks from 185th Infantry Battalion, California Army National Guard
Region 10 – Ms. Christina Barajas from Family Programs, Joint Force Headquarters, Alaska National Guard
Congratulations to all our winners!
What is the National Guard Volunteer Program?
The National Guard Volunteer Program exists to serve the Family Readiness needs of Army and Air National Guard Service Members and their Families. National Guard Volunteers contribute a broad range of services that enhance the capabilities of National Guard programs and services and augment the efforts of paid staff. It is the goal of the National Guard Volunteer Program to provide assistance and support in the development and administration of volunteer programs at the state level for the Army and Air National Guard in accordance with statutory requirements, Department of Defense (DoD) policy, and Service-specific standards.
Enhance Military Family Readiness through an effective Volunteer network
Educate, assist, and advocate for the readiness and well-being of military Families and Volunteers
Who are we?
In the States and Territories there are anywhere from 45,000 to 60,000 Volunteers that serve at the units and wings. These volunteers serve in various positions such as Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader, FRG Secretary and Treasurer, Key Spouse, and Key Spouse Volunteers, at the unit and wing level. There are also on average of 2-3 gratuitous volunteers per unit and wing that come in and support Family day activities, welcome home and holiday events.
The Regional Volunteer Team (RVT):
The National Guard Volunteer Program recognizes the importance of recruiting, training, motivating, and maintaining our volunteers. The RVT is comprised of 10 statutory Volunteer representatives from each of the 10 Federal Emergency Management Regions, and represent the "best of the best" in our National Guard Volunteer Program. The goal of the Regional Volunteer Team is to provide guidance to other National Guard volunteers based on their time of service, experience and expertise as volunteers in their respective states. They administer the National Awards Program and are often invited guest speakers to their regional state training conferences. The RVT also assists the National Volunteer Program Manager by serving as representatives of their respective regions at meetings and via Webinars to share accumulated information and are responsible for providing the National Guard Bureau with "Best Practices" gathered from their respective regional members. They also serve as Points of Contact (POCs) for volunteer concerns from their region. The initial members of this committee are selected by the National Volunteer Program Manager based on previous award nominations, visible performance of volunteer activities at national workshops, and recommendations from staff members. Members of this committee include spouses, parents, retirees, veterans, and community volunteers from the Army and Air Guard. If you are interested in serving on the RVT or have any questions, please contact Ms Jenny Testerman, the RVT Chair, at email@example.com.
The Volunteer Training Team (VTT):
The VTT is a grass roots program that provides opportunities for geographically dispersed volunteers to attend training courses through an online/conference call platform. In addition, it creates new volunteer opportunities for state level volunteers to aspire to and continue providing their time and skills at a national level. The training courses are designed for members of all branches of the military, Family members, volunteers, paid staff, and community resource members. The VTT has 8 sub-teams; Data, Communications/Marketing, Education and Curriculum, Facilitator, Graphic Design/Seminar Enhancement, Human Resources, Quality Assurance, and Special Projects. Driven by the talents and passion of its volunteers, the VTT aspires to reach, network, and connect more volunteers as they serve today's Service Members, their Families, and communities. If you are looking to expand your Volunteer experience, the VTT is looking for you! If you are interested in the VTT please contact Ms Tammy Chase, the VTT Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or to have your questions answered.
Volunteer Training Calendar
Volunteer Support Staff (VSS):
The VSS assists NGB Family Program Staff with the operation of the annual National Guard Volunteer Workshop and Youth Symposium. Selected volunteers are invited to fill VSS Team Lead and VSS Assistant Team lead positions. In addition, 54 states/territories are asked to send one VSS representative to complete the VSS Team of volunteers. The VSS has 10 sub-teams; Communications/Media, Preparation Team, Greeter, Guide, Inventory Control, Technical Support, Data Entry, Runner, Registration/Conference Support, and Facilitator. If you are interested in the VSS or have any questions, please contact Mrs. Saundria J. Cardwood, the Volunteer Program Officer at email@example.com.