By Eloise Lundgren

Operational Test Command public affairs

Citing Martin Luther King Jr., the U.S. Army Operational Test Command commander commended employees for contributing to the welfare of Central Texas communities through their hundreds of hours of volunteer service.

“Dr. King said, ‘Everybody can be great because everybody can serve; you don’t have to have a college degree to serve; you don’t have to make your noun and verb agree to serve; you don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve; you only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love,’” said Col. (Promotable) Curtis D. Potts.“I am proud of each and every one of you.”

Potts noted that soldiers and civilian employees all volunteered to work for the United States Army instead of pursuing more lucrative careers in the private sector.

“You could have chosen to work at Target or IBM or Wal-Mart or any number of other places,” he said, “but instead you decided to work here.You volunteered to work in the service of your country, and you also carry that sense of volunteering in your off-duty time.”

Even though most OTC employees don’t want recognition, according to Potts, “we want to recognize you for taking personal time to make our lives better.You are all about caring and compassion.”

Lisa Nunnally, OTC’s Command, Control, Communications and Computers Test Directorate secretary, was honored as OTC Volunteer of the Year. She was recognized for volunteering more than 400 hours of combined community service to the City of Copperas Cove, Families in Crisis, Copperas Cove Crusaders and Lady Stars, OTC and the 1st Cavalry Division’s Family Readiness Group.

“I am honored to have been selected as OTC’s Volunteer of the Year,” Nunnally said.“I have always volunteered in one capacity or another because I believe in supporting the military family in any way that I can.”

An OTC employee since 2002, Nunnally has worked for the Department of the Army for 11 years, serving also in Germany and Arizona.She is also a licensed chemical dependency counselor and is a member of the Texas Counseling Association.

Nunnally lives in Copperas Cove with her husband, Master Sgt. Richard Nunnally, and they have two children, Khacey and Gabriella.

“Lisa is one of OTC’s many unsung heroes; she goes about quietly putting other people’s needs before her own,” said Col. Vernon Lister, C4TD director. “I am very proud of her and her dedication to soldiers, their families and the entire Central Texas community.”

Bernice Blalock, wife of OTC DA civilian Ken Blalock, a senior test officer in the Engineer and Combat Support Test Directorate, was recognized as the OTC Volunteer of the First Quarter. She works at Darnall Army Medical Center.

Thirty-two additional OTC employees and family members were also recognized for their volunteer work:

Aviation Test Directorate: Keith Fruge, Daniel Kinn

Close Combat Test Directorate: Helen Gomez, Clifford Kummer, Barry Laumand and Jamie Walls

Command, Control, Communications and Computers Test Directorate: Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Bourget, Celia Coston, Al Harris, Jason Robertson and Curtis Wells

Command Group: Suzie Wollek

Engineer and Combat Support Test Directorate: Ken Blalock and Mike Phillips

Future Force Test Directorate: Michael Apodaca

G-1: Sgt. 1st Class Darius Dunem and Maj. Marilyn Walls

G-3: Bryan Johnson

G-4: Bob Lamonte

G-6: Cherise Jones

Transformation Test Directorate: Rolla Combs

TESCO: Robert Thornton and Scott Wilson

Family members: Bernie Gill, Jackie Lamonte, Barbara Miller, Elizabeth Mulvihill, Melanie Phillips and Len Tatum

Headquarters and Headquarters Command: Sgt. 1st Class Christy Baker, Mike Del Rosario and Staff Sgt. Gerrine Lizama

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