By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
This week is National Volunteer Week. There is no better time for us to recognize the efforts of the many volunteers who dedicate a significant portion of their lives to shaping a brighter future for our nation.
Since its inception in 1974, this week has served to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve – honoring those who lend their time, talent, and voices to make a difference. This year’s theme, “Light the World,” is apropos at this time when the goodwill of the individual shines a ray of hope toward a safer future for all.
At Fort Leonard Wood, many organizations would not function without volunteers. We thank each of you who volunteer on post and in the community through military-driven programs and private organizations including the Morale Welfare and Recreation, the United Service Organizations, and local schools, to name a few. Your support of our people – from youth, to veterans, and senior citizens – through tutoring and mentoring, providing meals, and just being present does not go unnoticed.
Today, as we strive to lead lives that reflect our values, the expression of civic life has evolved – especially in the current environment. We encourage you to come up with creative ways to continue your involvement in this challenging environment.
If you see a need, fill a need. Whether online, at home, or at the office, doing good comes in many forms. We recognize and celebrate them all.
We are proud of your service and proud to serve with you!
Victory Starts Here…Victory Through Skill!
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)