Milwaukee Airmen Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
By Senior Airman Ryan Kuntze, 128th Air Refueling Wing
/ Published June 26, 2011
MILWAUKEE -- Sixty-five Airmen and family members from the 128th Air Refueling Wing volunteered to help Habitat for Humanity renovate four houses on North First Street on Saturday, June 4, 2011.
The Airmen placed drywall in the houses from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., said 2nd Lt. Gregory Damask, the logistics readiness officer for the 128th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
Damask has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in the past, and he organized a similar volunteer effort last year.
"Let's find a way to get the 128th's name out there. Let's give back to the very community that gives to us," he said, regarding his decision to volunteer his time and effort.
Damask said the volunteer efforts were experiences that showcased the Wing's teamwork and willingness to come together.
"It was a good feeling to know everyone volunteered their own time," he said. "The home owners were there, and they had nothing but compliments."
The response from Habitat for Humanity has been very positive, too.
"They asked for us to come back every month," he said.
Airmen from the 128th Air Refueling Wing are going to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in 2012, which will make the event an annual volunteer program that assists local Milwaukee citizens.
"[Volunteering] is in our nature," Damask said. "Citizen Airmen volunteer one weekend a month at a minimum and to see all the volunteers come out on their own time was incredible and it truly shows the selflessness of each and every one of them."