by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
1/29/2016 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Volunteering
can be an amazing experience. Sharing those volunteer experiences can
often inspire others to take time out and give back to the community.
Airmen from the 823rd Maintenance Squadron took time on their day off to
volunteer at the Nellis AFB Recycling Center Jan. 26.
"I wanted to get as many people as I could to come out and volunteer and
give back to our community," said Airman 1st Class Douglas Wheeler,
823rd MXS HH-60 crew chief. "I'm on weekend shift so most of the Airman
out here work the same shift and volunteered their time on their day
For Wheeler, volunteering is not only a way to give back; it also is a
chance to build teamwork with his fellow Airman and a way to boost
"Having my whole crew out here helps us learn that we can depend on each
other and that we have each other's back and that carries over into our
jobs on the flight line," said Wheeler.
Volunteering is a passion for Wheeler and took it upon himself to
orchestrate this event. He hopes to encourage others to take time and
"I can't reiterate it enough to get out there and volunteer as much as
possible," said Wheeler. "It's a good feeling to give back to the
community. You may not realize just how much you are helping others when
you volunteer. That's why when you get an option to volunteer you
should jump on it."
Wheeler is fortunate enough to work with many Airmen who are more than
willing to take time out of their busy schedule to volunteer.
"Wheeler came around to each of us at work and told us what he was doing
and asked if we wanted to help and I said 'yes'," said Senior Airman
Ryan Corvin, 823rd MXS integrated avionics specialist. "I love
volunteering and going out there and working together helps us get
closer and be a more cohesive unit at work."
According to Gamy Manriquez, Nellis AFB Recycling Center recycling
program manager, recycled materials at Nellis AFB have continuously
brought extra funds to the Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, and NTTR communities.
All the money that the Recycling Center makes goes to the Qualified
Recycling Program fund and helps Nellis AFB environmental programs.
Manriquez welcomes anyone who wants to come out and volunteer their time
to help at the Recycling Center. Those who are interested in
volunteering must go through a safety briefing, have steel-toed boots
and gloves before they are allowed to participate.
"Having Airman come out and volunteer helps tremendously," said
Manriquez. "It not only helps them with their EPR bullets but it also
helps Nellis and the quality of life on base," said Manriquez.
If interested in volunteering at the Recycling Center please call 702-652-5270 for more information.