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Sosebee, Bearden win Arkansas National Guard volunteer awards

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  • 188th Wing Public Affairs
Mrs. Shirley Bearden and Savannah Sosebee took home state-wide volunteer honors. Bearden  was named the  Arkansas National Guard Volunteer of the Year and Savannah Sosebee won the Arkansas National Guard Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Sosebee is the daughter of 188th member Maj. Kim Keizer. Sosebee has furnished 82 hours of community service with the 188th, including starting up the River Valley Teen Council. Sosebee made presentations at the 188th newcomer's briefing and also donated her time to help sell baked goods on a drill weekend to raise money for American Cancer Society Relay for Life. She also worked the dunking booth, Batmobile, laser tag and fishing derby activities for the last two family days. She has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Vacation Bible School, school backpack program for kids in need and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Bearden serves as Key Volunteer for 50 188th Logistics Readiness Squadron families and personnel at the wing. She assisted the families of deployed Airmen through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Bearden was appointed by the wing commander as a family representative of the Integrated Delivery System (base human relations council). She voluntarily attended 10 drill weekends to support over 960 families in the 188th, participated and medaled in the 188th Hawg Jawg 5K. She helped design the commemorative 188th Fighter Wing 60th Anniversary coffee bags for over 1,000 military members and retirees.

Bearden helped organize the 60th anniversary celebration of the 188th, spearheaded a bake sale for Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) in memory of an Arkansas ANG member who died from cancer and two military children experiencing cancer, collecting $1,000 in donations. Bearden provided outstanding bereavement support for widows and families in the Wing. She volunteered as team captain for Relay for Life, resulting in $3,126 for cancer research. She regularly creates Rose Bowl Parade floats in Pasadena, California, in honor of organ and tissue donors in the Fort Smith community. As a nurse, she enthusiastically shares her story about health and exercise and serves as co-founder of Women Run Arkansas, a local running club. An avid runner and coach, she motivates 22 unit and community members on safe running techniques in preparation for community runs. She has participated in The Color Run and Kendra's Voice, an ovarian cancer research fundraiser. Bearden has volunteered over 380 hours in support of the ANG and is an inspiration to others.

She's the National Guard Bureau Region 6 Family Programs award winner and will attend the Points of Light Conference in Houston, Texas, this summer with other regional award winners and General Frank Grass, chief of the NGB.

Sosebee, Bearden win Arkansas National Guard volunteer awards

  • Published
  • 188th Wing Public Affairs
Mrs. Shirley Bearden and Savannah Sosebee took home state-wide volunteer honors. Bearden  was named the  Arkansas National Guard Volunteer of the Year and Savannah Sosebee won the Arkansas National Guard Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Sosebee is the daughter of 188th member Maj. Kim Keizer. Sosebee has furnished 82 hours of community service with the 188th, including starting up the River Valley Teen Council. Sosebee made presentations at the 188th newcomer's briefing and also donated her time to help sell baked goods on a drill weekend to raise money for American Cancer Society Relay for Life. She also worked the dunking booth, Batmobile, laser tag and fishing derby activities for the last two family days. She has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Vacation Bible School, school backpack program for kids in need and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Bearden serves as Key Volunteer for 50 188th Logistics Readiness Squadron families and personnel at the wing. She assisted the families of deployed Airmen through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Bearden was appointed by the wing commander as a family representative of the Integrated Delivery System (base human relations council). She voluntarily attended 10 drill weekends to support over 960 families in the 188th, participated and medaled in the 188th Hawg Jawg 5K. She helped design the commemorative 188th Fighter Wing 60th Anniversary coffee bags for over 1,000 military members and retirees.

Bearden helped organize the 60th anniversary celebration of the 188th, spearheaded a bake sale for Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) in memory of an Arkansas ANG member who died from cancer and two military children experiencing cancer, collecting $1,000 in donations. Bearden provided outstanding bereavement support for widows and families in the Wing. She volunteered as team captain for Relay for Life, resulting in $3,126 for cancer research. She regularly creates Rose Bowl Parade floats in Pasadena, California, in honor of organ and tissue donors in the Fort Smith community. As a nurse, she enthusiastically shares her story about health and exercise and serves as co-founder of Women Run Arkansas, a local running club. An avid runner and coach, she motivates 22 unit and community members on safe running techniques in preparation for community runs. She has participated in The Color Run and Kendra's Voice, an ovarian cancer research fundraiser. Bearden has volunteered over 380 hours in support of the ANG and is an inspiration to others.

She's the National Guard Bureau Region 6 Family Programs award winner and will attend the Points of Light Conference in Houston, Texas, this summer with other regional award winners and General Frank Grass, chief of the NGB.