13th SC(E) honor volunteers for 4th Quarter 2007

Story by Sgt. Angiene L. Myers
13th SC(E) Public Affairs Office

FORT HOOD, Texas — Members of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) gathered together for a ceremony to honor volunteers, who supported the 13th during the 4th Quarter Fiscal Year 2007, Nov. 27.

These individuals made significant efforts to make the Fort Hood community a better place for Soldiers and their families to live and work.

The 13th SC(E) Volunteer of the Quarter award is presented to someone whose volunteer efforts in support of the Soldiers and families of the 13th SC(E) and the Fort Hood community stood out among all other, said Staff Sgt. Antoinette D. Hardaway, Human Resources NCO.

Shiela Emperley from the 180th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade was recognized as the 4th Quarter Volunteer Award winner for her unselfish contributions to the 13th and the Fort Hood community.

“I really appreciate this. I want to accept this for all my volunteers because if it wasn’t for them, I couldn’t have done my job. So if you see a volunteer please give them a pat on the back because that was what I wanted. This is way beyond what I wanted so I really appreciate it,” said Emperley.

Emperley is currently the Family Readiness Group leader for the 263rd Maintenance Company, a unit that was deployed recently in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and returned Saturday.

She has countless hours coordinating fundraisers for children of deployed Soldiers and spending time at Darnell Hospital with spouses going through childbirth or other medical issues.

Emperley has organized monthly birthday parties for Soldiers, spouses and family members of her unit while the unit is deployed to build cohesion and a stronger support channel.

Emperley has volunteered more than 300 hours of her time during the 4th Quarter alone.

“Our volunteers don’t ask for much. They’re out there in all of our units. We have Soldiers out there volunteering doing things with coaching, scouting and schools. Volunteers are out there everywhere. Its infectious quite frankly when people are volunteering,” said Col. Paul L. Wentz, 13th SC(E) Commanding General.

Wentz continued, “They see other folks volunteering and they want to volunteer. I encourage all of you to get out there. Our Soldiers and family members are doing a lot of stuff and we need to take the time to pat them on the back and make sure they know how much we appreciate what they’re doing”

Also recognized at the ceremony for their unwavering dedication to the Soldiers and families of the 13th SC(E) and the Fort Hood community were Deborah Smith, 4th Corps Material Center, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and Yvette Smith, of the 36th Medical Evacuation Battalion, 1st Medical Brigade as the 13th SC(E) Volunteer Merit Award recipients.