A Very Busy Two Weeks

The Abilene area has been receiving some much needed rain during the past month.  However with the wet weather it means the Dyess We Care Team has had some catching up to do.  The WCT spent the past two weekends painting two homes in the Alameda addition as well as completing another home that was started a couple of weeks ago. Even the class from the Airmen Leadership School pitched in to lend a helping hand in order to tackle the work that needed to be done.

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Time To Paint

The Dyess WCT showed up in force to help the daughter of a WWII veteran. She is physically unable to do the work since she’s had cancer and hip problems. She is also unemployed at this time; although, she is actively seeking employment. She’s incredibly proud of her father’s military background, and she loves living in the same town as Dyess AFB.

The primary goal is to paint her home, trim trees and haul a dilapidated shed away to the city dump, and do some light landscaping. The hungry volunteers were treated to a box lunch provide by our good friends and Jason’s Deli.

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Continuing To Support The High School Graduates

The Dyess We Care Team recently held a car was to raise funds for this years Project Graduation, scheduled for Saturday, May 31. The annual event is held at the Abilene Civic Center. Project graduation is a celebration offered by the Parents Who Care organization, a non-profit organization, to allow students a way to celebrate their high school graduation in an alcohol, tobacco, and drug free environment. Students are allowed to bring one high school aged guest, and if students leave, they will not be allowed back in. Various fun activities and prizes along with food are offered throughout the evening.

The car was was held at Red Robin. The WCT utilized new power sprayers in order to conserve and limit the use of water.

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WCT Continues Work At New Beginnings


The Dyess WCT continued work this past weekend at New Beginnings. The WCT has spent several weekends over past couple of months working on the inside of the complex, transforming all of the apartments. New Beginnings is a woman’s transitional house for women coming out of Jail/Prison.

Missy Denard, Executive Director of New Beginnings-Big Country has been dedicating her life to prison and jail ministry for twelve years in Abilene, Texas. New Beginnings is a Christian based transitional home, helping women learn how to live a Christian life and teaching them life skills.

Tenants have already begun moving into the completed apartments.

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SrA Eugene Dotson Named Volunteer Of The Year

SrA Eugene Dotson (center above) was named this year’s Dyess We Care Team volunteer of the year at the 13th annual WCT awards banquet. This years event was sponsored by Star Family of Dealerships and the Communities of Abilene Federal Credit Union. This year’s master of ceremony was SrA Stephanie Grenon, last years WCT volunteer of the year. The awards were presented to each on this years winners by the 7th Bomb Wing Vice Commander Col Steven Beasley (above left) and Command Chief CMSgt Kenneth Lindsey (above right).  The top ten volunteers of the year are determined by the total number of volunteer hours for the year along with the number of projects and fundraisers as well as the consistency of their volunteer service each quarter. This year, like last year, was very close among the top volunteers.

This year also saw another Superior Community Service award winner. This award is presented to a volunteer who has accumulated more than 250 volunteer service hours with the WCT. This year’s recipient was SrA Kyle Glotzbach, pictured above.

This year’s Founder Award recipient is TSgt Matthew Childers. The Founder’s Award recipient is select by the WCT founder, retired MSgt Gordon Storey, and is awarded to the volunteer that exemplifies leadership, mentorship, camaraderie, and community, all principals on which the Dyess We Care Team was founded.

For the first time in the 13 year history of the Dyess We Care Team the award for the Squadron of the Year was presented. The first squadron to receive this award is the 7th Civil Engineering Squadron (photo above). The trophy is a traveling trophy and will be awarded to the outstanding squadron each year.

The Star Supporter of the year was awarded to Keep Movin’ Fitness. Receiving the award for Keep Movin’ is Mica Jones.

Below are the following top ten volunteers recognized at this year’s awards ceremony.

#2: SrA Jacob Hicks

#3: A1C Steven Vermillion

#4: SrA Kyle Glotzbach

#5: SSgt Michael Miller

#6: SSgt Brett Williams

#7: SrA John Tomsich

#8: A1C Kevin Ellis

#9: A1C Matthew Lees

#10: A1C Loretta Caplinger

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