Local spouse receives Presidential recognition for volunteer service
By Airman Josh Harbin , 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 17, 2008
COLUMBUS AFB, Miss. --
After years of dedicated service and commitment to the local community, the husband of a Columbus AFB officer was recognized by President George W. Bush for his exceptional support for his community.
Bob Davison, a butcher at the CAFB Commissary, received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award at a White House ceremony on May 6.
"I'm so proud of him," said Maj. Lisa Davison, the Clinical Medicine Flight Commander and Health Care Integrator of the 14th Medical Support Squadron.
In his remarks commemorating Military Spouse Day, President Bush said over Maj. Davison's 12 year career, Mr. Davison managed to raise approximately $10,000 for the local Fisher House while stationed at Lackland AFB, Texas.
While at Lakenheath AB, United Kingdom, Mr. Davison introduced the Airman's Food Pantry and gathered nearly $120,000 in donations made to provide food aid to military families with financial difficulties.
He most recently works with Operation Home Front while previously stationed at Scott AFB, Ill and now continues here at CAFB. He has raised more than $350,000 in donations for the program along with more than one million phone cards for servicemembers overseas.
In his speech recognizing the six award winning spouses, President Bush said, "Lisa Davison is a leader in the United States Air Force; Bob Davison is a leader in America's armies of compassion, and I welcome you today to the White House."
In 2005, Mr. Davison was recognized for the Very Important Patriot Award for his work as an officer of the 375th Medical Group Booster group and the "key spouse" for the 375th Medical Support Squadron at Scott AFB, Ill., before his family relocated to Mississippi. He was named 375th Medical Group and 375th Airlift Wing Volunteer of the Quarter and Year, and Air Mobility Command's Volunteer of the Year after dedicating more than 900 hours to the military community.
His portrait was displayed on boxes of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes as a special edition in 2005 along with five other award winners.
"More people need to volunteer. We have many volunteering opportunities on base to get people involved such as the Thrift Shop and the Airman's Attic" said Mr. Davison, encouraging people to get involved with their local community, military and civilian.