Three outstanding local community members were recognized at the Fort Bragg Good Neighbor induction dinner Monday night at the Iron Mike Conference Center.
The Good Neighbor Program is designed to annually recognize exceptional individuals from Fort Bragg’s surrounding communities who have enhanced the quality of life for Fort Bragg Soldiers, civilians and their Families.
The event opened up with the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus singing the national anthem, followed by dinner, entertainment and the announcement of the 2018 Good Neighbors made by Maj. Gen. Brian J. McKiernan, deputy commander, XVIII Airborne Corps, and acting senior commander for Fort Bragg.
This year’s ceremony recognized Charles Anderson, Andy Anderson and Cristino Nunez.
Charles Anderson, a retired sergeant first class, who goes by the motto: “Always be of service to someone,” has been giving back to the community since 1988. Anderson has been volunteering at Womack Army Medical Center since the late ’80s. He has devoted his time assisting in the pediatric department with various tasks including transporting labs, assisting parents with their children and administrative duties throughout the clinic.
“I have been doing this for years, I don’t like to talk about it,” said Anderson. “I just thank God for putting me in a position where I can help others.”
Andy Anderson, who retired after a 30-year career in special operations, was also inducted into the program. He is a part of numerous organizations including serving on the board of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Independent Light Infantry Division and Special Forces Association. He is currently focused on assisting the Friends of American Veterans Association in preparations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the liberation of Normandy celebrations.
“I am very humbled and very honored,” said Andy Anderson, while accepting his award.
The final award went to Cristino Nunez, a retired command sergeant major who has been giving back since he retired from the Army in 2008. Nunez is a member of the Veterans United Home Loans Foundation who dedicated all their funds to support Soldiers, veterans and their Families. Last year, the organization built a home for a double amputee in Rocky Mountain worth $400,000
“I thank everyone so much for being here, I am glad I can do this for Soldiers and their Families,” said Nunez.