By Juanita McLellan
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — When Spc. Kasheem Stephens is asked why he volunteers at the USO, he is quick to smile and point out the obvious: “It’s fun, a good place to relax and meet new people.”
Stephens, who currently serves with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment Regimental Support Squadron at USAG Bavaria, has been such a consistent volunteer at both of USO Bavaria’s two sites in Grafenwoehr and Camp Aachen, that he was recognized as the Volunteer of the Quarter for 2017 throughout the European theater.
Stephens was blown away by the award.
“I thought I was in trouble,” Stephens said. “I was really surprised.”
Stephens began his U.S. Army career at Ft. Benning before being transferred to Ft. Sam Houston and then to Ft. Hood.
He has been in Germany a little over one year, working and training as a military medic. Currently, he is enrolled at Central Texas College and is considering pursuing an advanced nursing degree.
Stephens – originally from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – joined the Army in September 2012. He became involved at USO Bavaria after his non-commissioned officer invited him to do some volunteering.
Stephens really enjoys interacting with other volunteers and has been incredible asset, said Carly Harris, USO Bavaria region manager.
“Volunteers are our lifeblood, and we really appreciate everything they do,” she said.
Stephens’s mother and father are stateside, but much of his extended family, including his grandparents, are still in the Virgin Islands.
Stephens speaks with his siblings frequently, but he misses hanging out with his grandmother.
When asked if his grandmother is proud of Stephens, he smiled and said, “I hope so.”
Photo Credit: Juanita McLellan