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Walker honors Sustainer women for public service, volunteer spirit

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By SGT. 1ST CLASS GARY COOPER
3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs
Five 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Family Readiness Group members received the Commander’s Award for Public Service in a small ceremony at the Sadowski Center, March 14.
Third ESC Commander Flem B. “Donnie” Walker presided over a brief ceremony. The Commander’s Award for Public Service is the fourth highest honor the Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian, ranking directly below the Outstanding Civilian Service Award.
FRG leader Michelle O’Rourke explained what led to the awards.
“When these ladies came to 3rd ESC, they all just jumped in and started volunteering. It really has been amazing to see how our FRG dynamic has changed in this last year. We’ve gone from practically bribing 15 folks to show up to a meeting, to having over 30 active volunteers and seeing 150 folks show up. It’s all because of our volunteers.”
Volunteer Stacey Gibson said the award was “totally unexpected.”
O’Rourke also said it was nice for the volunteers to be recognized for their efforts.
“These ladies have collectively put in hundreds of hours making tacos for Soldiers, cooking dinner for Families with new babies, updating rosters and serving snacks at our deployment fair, calling new Families and welcoming them to 3rd ESC, and so much more.”
“These volunteers make the 3rd ESC’s FRG very strong. A strong FRG is vitally important, especially now that the unit is deploying,” said 3rd ESC Deputy Commander, Col. Christopher Wicker.