FY19 National Guard Family Program Volunteer Awards  Nominations Are Opened from 1 Aug to 15 Sep 2019

It’s that time of the year again to nominate a deserving volunteer for this year’s FY2019 National Guard (NG) Family Program Volunteer Awards.  Nominations opened on 1 August 2019 and will close at 11:59pm ET, 15 September 2019.  An overview of the awards and award process is provided in the FY2019 National Guard Volunteer Award Booklet.pdf.

There are a total of seven (7) award categories.  There are five (5) award categories for individual volunteers; one award category for a families; and one (1) award category for public/community organizations.  Each award category has a separate survey form to complete.  All surveys are located on the survey page within the Joint Service Support (JSS) website (http://www.jointservicesupport.org).  By utilizing the links below you do not need to be logged into the JSS website for them to work.

Here are the links to each NG Volunteer Awards Nomination Form and a short description:

National Guard Family of the Year Awardhttp://www.jointservicessupport.org/S/30H652

     Presented to one Army Guard and one Air Guard Family (consists of 2 or more immediate family members) that shows outstanding and exceptional service to the Family Program during FY2019 as a collective.

Gold Awardhttp://www.jointservicessupport.org/S/63Y821

     Presented to an adult volunteer showing long‐term, consistent, and dedicated support to volunteering with the Family Program and within their community.  Award is for service that covers the statutory volunteer’s lifetime accomplishment.

Extra Mile Awardhttp://www.jointservicessupport.org/S/97W355

     Presented to one Army Guard and one Air Guard retiree who distinguishes themselves with outstanding and exceptional service to the Family Program by continuing to serve the National Guard through their volunteer efforts during FY2019.

Youth Volunteer Awardhttp://www.jointservicessupport.org/S/95M968

     Presented to a National Guard youth (15-17 years old) volunteer who exhibits exemplary commitment to and support of the National Guard Family Program and/or Youth Program, their school, and community during FY2019.

Youth Development Volunteer Awardhttp://www.jointservicessupport.org/S/41X014

     Presented to an adult volunteer who has made a significant impact in the development and support of the Youth Program during FY2019.

Regional Volunteer of the Year Award:  http://www.jointservicessupport.org/S/79O465

     Presented to one adult volunteer from each of the ten (10) regions who shows outstanding and exceptional service to the Family Program during FY2019.

Family Program Community Purple Award: http://www.jointservicessupport.org/S/40D016

     Presented to a community group, organization, or business that best exemplifies the true meaning of the “purple” concept within the National Guard Family Program by working with and/or supporting both Army and Air Guard activities, Service members, and/or families during FY2019.

If you know a deserving volunteer, please nominate them.  Award winners will be published in around the January 2019 timeframe.  We look forward to recognizing our outstanding volunteers.

Also, please remember to ensure a blind nomination process, please only list volunteer nomination name in the name block.  Elsewhere on the nomination form, please use “he/she or volunteer”, not their name.



FY2018 National Guard Volunteer Awards Winners for this Past Year!

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 Martin Family: Joshua, Lauren, Lehua, and KJ from Joint Forces Headquarters Youth Program, Virginia National Guard

Air Guard Family of the Year:  The Lewis Family: Angela, Tim, Tamia, Krystal, Serenity, & AJ Moore from the 188th Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard

The Gold Award:  Ms. Sandra Arnold from Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion (Linguist), Utah Army National Guard

Army Extra Mile Award:  Mr. Carl Holcomb from Joint Forces Headquarters, Youth Program, Virginia National Guard

Air Extra Mile Award:  Mr. Steve Fitzgerald from the 101st Air Refueling Wing, Maine Air National Guard

Youth Development Volunteer Award:  Ms. Davina Ausbon from the Joint Force Headquarters, Child and Youth Program, District of Columbia National Guard

Youth Volunteer Award:  Mr. Gavin Larson from the Joint Forces Headquarters, Child and Youth Program, North Dakota National Guard

Family Program Community Purple Award:  Elks Lodge #735, Raleigh, North Carolina

Regional Volunteer of the Year Award:

    Region 1 – Ms. Linda Markley from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion , 126th Aviation Regiment, Rhode Island Army National Guard

    Region 2 – Ms. Kathy Quinones from Company A, 427th Brigade Support Battalion, New York Army National Guard

    Region 3 – Ms. Renee Kotch from 193rd Combat Operations Squadron (COS), Pennsylvania Air National Guard

    Region 4 – Ms. Lindsay Rowland from Company A, 1st Battalion, 155th Combat Aviation Regiment, Mississippi Army National Guard

    Region 5 – Ms. Susan Genz from Joint Forces Headquarters, J1 - Service Member Support Division, Wisconsin National Guard

    Region 6 – Ms. Angela Lee from 1021st Engineer Company, Louisiana Army National Guard

    Region 7 – Ms. Emily Franklin from Company A, 1st Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, Missouri Army National Guard

   Region 8 – Ms. Wendy Dent from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Utah Army National Guard

   Region 9 – Ms. Cherie White from 1st Battalion, 144th Field Artillery Regiment, California Army National Guard

   Region 10 – Ms. Tami Thomason from Company A, 116th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Idaho Army 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.






Our Vision

Enhance Military Family Readiness through an effective Volunteer network

Our Mission

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 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 tammychase.vtt@gmail.com 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 program/policy management and the annual National Guard Volunteer Awards. In addition, 54 states/territories are asked to send one VTT representative to complete the VTT Team of volunteers. The VTT 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 VTT or have any questions, please contact Ms. Darla L. Siegel, the Volunteer Program Officer at darla.l.siegel.civ@mail.mil.





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