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Milwaukee Airmen Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Sixty-Five Airmen and family members from the 128th Air Refueling Wing gather in front of an under-construction house in Milwaukee during a volunteer effort with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, June 4, 2011.   The Airmen hanged drywall in four houses.  1st Lt. Gregory Damask, the 128th Air Refueling Wing Logistics Readiness Officer, organized the volunteer effort, and he looks forward to Airmen from the 128 ARW volunteering with Habitat for Humanity next year.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kenneth Pagel / Released)

Sixty-Five Airmen and family members from the 128th Air Refueling Wing gather in front of an under-construction house in Milwaukee during a volunteer effort with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, June 4, 2011. The Airmen hanged drywall in four houses. 2nd Lt. Gregory Damask, the 128th Air Refueling Wing Logistics Readiness Officer, organized the volunteer effort, and he looks forward to Airmen from the 128 ARW volunteering with Habitat for Humanity next year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kenneth Pagel / Released)

1st Lt. Gregory Damask (second from left), with help from John Cunningham of Habitat for Humanity, hangs a drywall panel at a house under construction on North First Street, Milwaukee, on Saturday, June 4, 2011.  Damask organized the volunteer effort and, along with other 65 Airmen from the 128th Air Refueling Wing, renovated four houses with Habitat for Humanity.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kenneth Pagel / Released)

2nd Lt. Gregory Damask (second from left), with help from John Cunningham of Habitat for Humanity, hangs a drywall panel at a house under construction on North First Street, Milwaukee, on Saturday, June 4, 2011. Damask organized the volunteer effort and, along with other 65 Airmen from the 128th Air Refueling Wing, renovated four houses with Habitat for Humanity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kenneth Pagel / Released)

Maj. Steve Botsford (right), commander of the 128th Force Support Squadron, Milwaukee, uses a power drill to attach a drywall panel to the ceiling of a home under construction on Saturday, June 4, 2011.  Botsford, along with other Airmen from the 128th Air Refueling Wing, volunteered to help renovate houses with Habitat for Humanity.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kenneth Pagel / Released)

Maj. Steve Botsford (right), commander of the 128th Force Support Squadron, Milwaukee, uses a power drill to attach a drywall panel to the ceiling of a home under construction on Saturday, June 4, 2011. Botsford, along with other Airmen from the 128th Air Refueling Wing, volunteered to help renovate houses with Habitat for Humanity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kenneth Pagel / Released)

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."