The United Service Organizations of North Carolina recently named a Fort Bragg Center representative as its statewide volunteer of the quarter. Jack Cox was nominated by the USO of N.C. at Fort Bragg for his dedication to the local office, said Beverly Jackson, assistant director, Fort Bragg Center.
“Jack keeps a regular schedule and volunteers two to three days per week,” said Jackson. “Staff can count on him and are able to plan meetings and appointments around his volunteer schedule.”
Cox sits at the front desk of the USO of N.C. Fort Bragg Center at the Soldier Support Center and is the first person guests see when they walk in the door. He also assigns computers and keeps track of the computer lab wait list. According to Jackson, Cox is a standout volunteer because of his lifetime of military knowledge.
“That, (along) with his patriotism and respect for those who serve in our armed forces, make him an invaluable part of the (Fort Bragg Center) operations,” Jackson said. “He listens to the young service members and offers his advice on their military careers and encourages them to make the most of their opportunities.”
Cox also gives the reenlistment oath to Soldiers who reenlist at the Fort Bragg USO Center. Jackson said the Soldiers are honored to have the retired colonel as part of their reenlistment ceremony, but Cox is just as grateful that he can continue to serve his country. He says he comes to USO not because he has to, but because he wants to work with other volunteers and Soldiers.
“I love it,” Cox said. “I get to talk to Soldiers every day, and Soldiers are the future of our government and the future of our world. I’m 89 years old and I have the best time talking to Soldiers and I just adore what they’re doing for us.”
As the USO of N.C. Statewide Volunteer of the Quarter, Cox has the opportunity to be named the USO of N.C. Volunteer of the Year.
“The VOY is given two seats at the annual USO of NC Gala, a USO of N.C. all-weather jacket, and represents the USO of N.C. at the USO (national) volunteer awards,” said Jackson.
All USO volunteers love service members and military Families, and Cox is no exception.
“No one cares more about the military doing the right thing for these families than Jack Cox,” said Jackson. “He is an encourager, supporter, advocate and an example to these young service members who are making sacrifices to protect and serve our country.”
For more information about the USO of N.C., visit www.uso-nc.org.