By Robert Nathan

Killeen Daily Herald

As he was nearing the end of his 30-year military career, retired Col. Wilfred Brewster explored Killeen's Web site looking for civilian em-ployment.

Brewster, who was the Fort Hood in-stallation chaplain, had spent most of his career helping people; he coordinated volunteer efforts in the chapel programs, as well as in various unit programs. He came upon a job posting to lead volunteer efforts in Killeen.

"I read its job description and said, Hey, that sounds like me, I work with volunteers, I can do that'," he said.

Brewster, 57, accepted the position of director of Killeen volunteer services in September.

Since he began working for the city, he has helped provide additional structure to the Killeen Volunteer Center. Through the assistance of his staff, he organized volunteers into a database to provide greater access for future needs. His goal is to organize and solidify the volunteer center's annual programs.

He said that by working with Fort Hood, the volunteer center could provide more "synergy" to get a "better bang for the buck."

Fort Hood and the city should not be in competition, he said, but rather should work as one to provide more volunteer opportunities.

"I would hope that as we continue to grow that we will have pockets of volunteers in all of the wards and areas of our city that we will be able to readily access and be responsive to the different needs of our city," he said.

Brewster's energy and compassion for others seem to make him the right man for the job. He said he gets excited every time he works with others.

"I'm an extrovert and so I get energized anytime I interact with others," he said. "That kinda recharges my battery."

He said he has enjoyed being around people all of his life. He credits his charitable personality to his family upbringing.

He grew up in Clewiston, a small town in South Florida. He said it was called "America's sweetest town" because it was known for producing sugar.

He lived in Clewiston all of his life until he attended the Florida Institute of Technology where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics.

Following college, he spent four years in the Army, before leaving to get his master's degree in theology. He rejoined the Army in 1980 and became a chaplain. He didn't move to Fort Hood until 1996.

He said his wife, Kathy, fell in love with Killeen and wanted to say. They have been married for 20 years and have two children.

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