Army Volunteer of Year award named after Pioneer Services' manager Al Hobbs

U.S. Army Sergeant Major Al Hobbs (ret.) was recently honored with an award. But rather than simply receiving the award, the award was actually named after him—an even greater honor for years of philanthropic service.

Hobbs, a 27-year veteran of the Army and office manager at the Fort Bliss, Texas, Pioneer Services office, was notified that the 32nd Air and Missile Defense Command's (32nd AAMDC) Volunteer of the Year Award, which is presented annually to a deserving Soldier or military spouse for their volunteer work with the command, will now be called "The Al Hobbs Volunteer of the Year Award".

"The fact this award is for volunteer service is what makes it so special," said Hobbs. "I like to be more in the background, getting things done. But to have a command recognize me in this way is truly one of the highlights of my entire career."

Hobbs has dedicated his life to helping military families, and he truly understands what they go through every day. This understanding is why he has served as president for his local chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), on the board of directors for the Armed Services YMCA, and as the Chairman Elect for the Armed Forces Committee of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce.

The 32nd AAMDC is a "star command" that has forces in Fort Bliss, as well as Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Hood, Texas, and reserve units throughout the United States. The inaugural award was presented to a sergeant first class at a ceremony at Fort Bragg Sept. 23. Hobbs was in attendance.

Hobbs grew up in Reserve, N.M., and enlisted in the Army at age 18. A father of three, grandfather of seven, and a great-grandfather of two, Hobbs has worked for Pioneer Services for ten years and considers his fellow associates part of his extended family.