45th Space Wing recognizes 2013 CivMil Member of the Year
By Tech. Sgt. Erin Smith, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 05, 2014
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Leaders from the 45th Space Wing hosted local community leaders at the annual Commander's Civilian Military Community Relations Council Banquet, Jan. 31 at the Tides.
During the Banquet, Sandy Sanderson, vice chairman of the CivMil board of trustees, was named CivMil 2013 Member of the Year.
Sanderson was recognized for his contributions to CivMil, the community and for his support of men and women in uniform.
"In some years, our honoree will have distinguished him or herself in one or another of these three categories," said Norm Wolfinger, CivMil presiding chairman . "Our 2013 honor is being bestowed on an individual who has distinguished himself in all three arenas for many, many years."
Sanderson is known through the Brevard community for his selfless commitment and untiring willingness to help, he said.
Sanderson's contributions to the community include honoring World War II and Korean War veterans through special programs including support of Sentinels of Freedom and a special day at the Daytona Beach Speedway. He also served on the CivMil Board of Directors for six years and was chairman of the board in 2010 and 2011.
For Sanderson, the decision to give back to his community is simple.
"I grew up in a family where it was instilled in me to give back when I can," Sanderson said. "Now that I am in a position to do that, I am happy to do my small part. That is what I think community is all about."
The strong working relationship between the 45th Space Wing and the local community is what allows Airmen from the 45th Space Wing to successfully deliver assured space launch, range and combat capabilities for the nation.
"We are so thankful for CivMil and people like Sandy who help us accomplish our mission each and every day," Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander said, "We are happy to have CivMil as part of the Team Patrick-Cape family. The support they give to the uniformed men and women of the Space Coast community, and to our families, allows us to provide for today's needs, meet tomorrow's needs and focus on our people."