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Ohio National Guard honors civilian volunteers

Robert Williams earns the Volunteer of the Year award at the Joint Family Readiness and Warrior Support Professional Development Volunteer Workshop in Columbus, Ohio, April 8, 2018. Volunteers saved the Ohio National Guard nearly half a million dollars through their unpaid work.

Robert Williams earns the Volunteer of the Year award at the Joint Family Readiness and Warrior Support Professional Development Volunteer Workshop in Columbus, Ohio, April 8, 2018. Volunteers saved the Ohio National Guard nearly half a million dollars through their unpaid work. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Amber Mullen)

SPRINGFIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ohio -- The Ohio National Guard hosted the Joint Family Readiness and Warrior Support Professional Development Volunteer Workshop in Columbus, Ohio, April 6-8. 

 

On the final day of the workshop, volunteers and military personnel were recognized for their contributions to the Family Readiness programs throughout the Ohio National Guard.

Maj. Gen. John Harris, the Assistant Adjutant General for Army, highlighted the impact of volunteers on the National Guard.

“18,427 volunteer hours were logged from October 2016 to September 2017,” said Harris. “92 hours was the average number logged per volunteer.”

The awards ceremony highlighted volunteers that went above and beyond to support their military installations.

“I want to tell you thank you for supporting a Guard that is always there and always ready,” said Harris. 

Robert Williams, a volunteer with the 178th Wing, won the Volunteer of the Year award, and the Craig family, volunteers with the 178th Wing, won the Family of the Year award. 

These volunteers saved the military nearly half a million dollars cash value during a one-year time period.