News: Fort Hood honors humble heroes
Story by Sgt. Matthew Thompson
FORT HOOD, Texas - The legacy of volunteering runs at the core of the Army. We volunteer our time and lives to the country, our families volunteer their services to the Army and retirees continue to volunteer their time in the Army community.
A luncheon ceremony to honor those service members, family members and civilian employees who went above and beyond the normal aspects of volunteering was held at Club Hood’s Grand Ballroom on Fort Hood, Feb. 11.
As the applause died down, the recipients made their way to the stage to receive their awards.
“You’ve chosen to serve something greater than yourself and do it in a completely selfless manner. Most importantly, you’ve done so without asking for or expecting thanks,” said guest speaker, Brig. Gen. Douglas Gabram, deputy commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division.
Sgt. Dennis Moses, a criminal intelligence noncommissioned officer with the 411th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade approached the stage with all due modesty to receive his award.
Moses devotes his off duty time to his family and to the children at a local area hospital.
“If I can go out and help people I’ll go do it,” Moses said. “You help others before you help yourself. My family still comes before everyone else, but if someone needs help I’ll be there right away.”
Moses was nominated by his unit and didn’t expect to receive any recognition.
“I didn’t want this,” Moses admitted while holding up his award. “It is not about recognition. It’s about helping others.”
There were 36 individuals and 14 units and organizations around Fort Hood that were honored during the ceremony for their selfless service such as donating time to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Grief Camps and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers.
“The dedication of our warriors here and others like you across this installation can serve as an example for all of us,” Gabram said during his speech.
Gabram closed out his speech by issuing a further challenge by asking the soldiers, civilians and family members gathered to continue to volunteer and encourage others to do so as well.
“I can’t say anything to get someone to volunteer,” Moses said. “If it’s recognition you want, don’t volunteer. That’s not the point of volunteering. You want to do it for others. That’s what the Army has been going towards, that’s what it should go towards. Help others before anything else.”
The more than three-dozen individuals and organizations across Fort Hood who were honored at the luncheon accepted the challenge and excelled.
“Just do it,” Moses said. “Just do it. Build a better community out of it. It’s all up to you as an individual.”