U.S. Army Central hosted a ceremony to recognize Soldiers, Families and civilian volunteers at an annual volunteer award ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, April 6. The 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) co-located at Fort Bragg and Fort Knox, Tennessee participated via live teleconference, along with other USARCENT units.

USARCENT commander, Lt. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, recognized and praised the contributions of both Soldier and civilian volunteers at the ceremony.

“Thank you for what you do to support our units, our Families and make life better for all of us. They help us accomplish the things we couldn’t do without them,” said Garrett.

Kathryn Ayvazian and Melanie Beasley, both 1st TSC spouses, were recognized for volunteering and contributing to the unit.

Both ladies volunteered hundreds of hours to support spouses of deployed Soldiers, welcome new Soldiers to the unit; assisted in planning committees for unit events and actively participated in the unit’s Family Readiness Group. 

The Army’s FRG program provides a support system for Army Families.

Ayvazian said that volunteering was fulfilling.

“I enjoy helping and knowing I’m making a difference,” she said.

Beasley, who was recognized as USARCENT’s volunteer of the year, said she also enjoyed volunteering.

“It feels good and it feels right. If you have the time, it’s totally worth it,” Beasley said.