On Tuesday, 9 June 2009, Lori Araiza and Art Salsido from the International Military Students Office, (IMSO), US Army Sergeants Major Academy, escorted 8 International students who were attending the First Sergeants Course on a visit to Fisher House at William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC), Fort Bliss, Texas.

Joyce Stophel, Manager, Field Studies Program, IMSO stated, ” The International Military Student Office provides our students an additional program along with their academic training. The Field Studies Program goal is to ensure that our students return to their homeland with an understanding of responsibilities of governments, militaries, and citizens to protect, preserve and respect the rights of every individual. By visiting the Fisher House and learning about the generosity of Zachary Fisher and family for our soldiers, they too will understand about “Diversity and American Life.””

First Sergeants, Atkins, Jamaica; Conley, Jamaica; Hinds, Jamaica; Lashley, Trinidad-Tobago; Lemes, Brazil; McLean, Jamaica; Markovski, Macedonia and Plummer, Jamaica, all enjoyed the tour of Fisher House where they saw firsthand the warm comfortable living conditions a Fisher House provides, and a detailed history and briefing given by Fisher House Manager Mr. Harry E. Hicks, Jr., a former First Sergeant and retired Command Sergeant Major. Each student received several mementos from the manager to take back to their homeland. With all of this, the highlight of their visit was meeting and talking with Army CPL, Terry Williams, a wounded warrior who explained what Fisher House has meant to him and his wife. Williams verbally walked them through his encounter with members of the Iraqi forces, his injuries, his hospital treatments from Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, to William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and his recovery, rehab and follow-up treatment at WBAMC.

On behalf of the entire student group, First Sergeants, Plummer and Atkins, (fourth and eighth from the left) respectfully on photo number one, presented a donation to Fisher House upon their departure.

International Students pose in Fort
Bliss Army Fisher House living room

Students meet CPL Williams. Photo 3,Group photo with CPL Williams, center front, Art Salsido, left and Lori Araiza, right

Group photo with CPL Williams, center front, Art Salsido, left and Lori Araiza, right

Joined by Hicks

CPL Williams briefs Students

Members of the Columbia County Exchange Club stopped by the Fisher House on Saturday, 30 May 2009, and held cookout for the Fisher House Families.  Some members of the Warrior Transition Battalion and VA Active Duty Rehab Unit were also invited and attended the cookout.  Attached are some pictures of the cookout:

A special thanks to the following individuals for their time and effort:

1.    Mr. & Mrs. Scott Adkins (Key Cookout Event Coordinators)
2.    Buster Davis
3.    Jesse Davis
4.    Faye Davis
5.    Bart Black
6.    Bob Kendra
7.    Vanna Kendra
8.    Brenda Moore

On 4 March 2009 a group of approximately 28 young girls (3rd, 4th and 5th graders) from the First Baptist Church Server Girls class stopped by the Fort Gordon Fisher House from 6:20PM to 7PM and presented the Fisher House Families with a gift basket that they made. The Lozada Family, King Family and Polite Family (FH Families) were present and each were presented with a gift basket during there visit. The other gift baskets were placed in front of the other Fisher House Families room door. In all they made 19 gift baskets for the current Fisher House Families and the extra for those Families that will be assisted and checked into the Fisher House in the future. A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE First Baptist Church Server Girls Class.

Air Force Major General (Ret.) & Mrs. Smith, Perry stopped by the Fisher House on 26 February 2009 and given a tour. They got a chance to talk with the Lozada Family (Fisher House Family). MG (Ret) Smith is also a guest columnist with the local paper and the secretary of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

Mr. Dennis, CEO NSC, and Mrs. Butler, Marketing NSC, with the National Science Center/Fort Discovery along with Mr. Clark, with General Dynamic, presents to SFC Lozada, FH Family member, and Mr. Cruz, Fisher House manager, with 100 Fort Discovery tickets for the Fisher House Families to use.

Mr. Dennis, CEO NSC, and Mrs. Butler, Marketing NSC, with the National Science Center/Fort Discovery along with Mr. Clark, with General Dynamic, presents to SFC Lozada, Fisher House Family member, and Mr. Cruz, Fisher House manager, with 100 Fort Discovery tickets for the Fisher House Families to use.

On 7 February 2009, sixteen (16) members of the Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC) 251A Class 010-08 stop by the Fort Gordon Fisher House and did some deep cleaning in the common areas (living room, dinning room, kitchen area and some rooms).

THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE WOBC 251A CLASS 010-08:

W01 Liburd, Amy – Project leader
W01 Wright, Jason P. – Asst. Project leader
CW2 Dunn, Thomas
W01 Johnson Jay M.
W01 Hsu, Y.
CW3 Stufflebeem, Terry
W01 Whited, Scott A.
W01 Coppage, Michael H.
W01 Lourenzo, David A.
W01 McKinney, Craig
W01 Barrett, Klark
W01 Tomlinson, Fernando
W01 Torres, Theresa
W01 Best, Ronald
W01 Harris, Timothy
W01 Green, Tomicko

COL (Ret.) Mary Hammond, President of the local chapter of the Federally Employed Women (FEW), presents a check to Mr. Cruz for the Fisher House. Also present and pictured from left to right is COL (Ret.) Hammond, Chaplain (LTC) Clark (EAMC Pastoral Care Chaplain – who visits and meets with Fisher House Families several times a week at the Fisher House), Mr. Francisco Cruz (Fisher House Manager) and Mr. Harold Lewis (Fisher House volunteer).

Audriana Llinas, a student with the Greenbreir High School Navy JROTC program, presented the Fort Gordon Fisher and the Warrior in Transition Battalion each with a check and some local area restaurant gift certificates from a charity event she successfully put together. Audriana Llinas chose as her high school project to coordinate, and setup a fundraiser and in this a case run (5K) also known as the “Warrior Challenge Run” held on the January 31, 2009 to help support the Fisher House and Wounded Warriors.

THANKS to the local chapter of the GA Power employees, families and friends that came out on Martin Luther King’s Birthday, 19 January 2009, to the Fisher House and help beautify the grounds. From removing old, diseased, and dead shrubberies and plants to planting new plants, trees, shrubberies, flowers etc., They also cleared the small nature path to Eisenhower Army Medical Center (EAMC) from the Fisher House and pressure washed the fence with the additional help from soldiers from Bravo Company 447 (25Bravo Course) and the Warrant Officers Course (WOBC 254A 007-08). They also brought coffee and doughnuts for all as well as having a cookout for all and all the Fisher House Families were also invited too partake of and enjoy the day. Thanks also the Health Services Auxiliary which helped in getting some of the plantings needed and thanks to the Fort Gordon’s ground crew for the prep work done prior to the project, thus ensuring a successful landscaping project at the Fisher House.