We love our volunteers!

Garrison Commander Col. Tom Rickard

As we celebrated the contributions and resilience of our military children this month, we also recognized our amazing volunteers and their tremendous, positive impact on our children, our workforce families and our Fort Meade community.

Thursday night, Fort Meade proudly recognizes its 2,942 volunteers in the community at the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, representing all five services, professional civilians, retirees and family members.

Our installation would not function without volunteers. We enjoy wonderful benefits and services only because caring adults selflessly donate their time, energy and experience to help other members of our community.

Volunteers are the essence of our nation. We are a free country today because of the volunteer spirit born more than 241 years ago.

Our wonderful volunteers represent dozens of organizations and units impacting all aspects of life at Fort Meade. There are so many deserving of our recognition and thanks including Josh Walter, who has supported our Child and Youth Services program as a coach in several different sports for the last two years, and Ed Thomas, who has been involved in CYS NFL flag football and youth basketball for three years.

Our CYS programs need approximately 125 volunteer coaches throughout the year. With the changeover of volunteers every two to three years — on average — one can see our community’s consistent need for these outstanding, selfless adults and appreciate their positive impact on our children’s lives.

This year, 30 individuals, families, units and organizations were nominated for the prestigious titles of Volunteer/Unit/Organization of the Year.

Congratulations to all nominees, and we commend the people who took the time to recognize them!

The biggest winners are the families of our community who benefit so much from the generosity and experience provided by volunteers.

On behalf of an extremely grateful community, I want to thank our volunteers for making Fort Meade the home of our nation’s best!

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