MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (October 24, 2011) --
The Havelock Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee honored the Military Family of the Quarter, Oct. 24 during a reception at Carolina Grill in Havelock, N.C.
The recipients were Petty Officer 1st Class Jason K. Sasser, his wife Amy, and their three children Zachary, Harlie, and Cameron. Sasser is a hospital corpsman radiology technician at the Cherry Point Naval Health Clinic.
“We have been doing this as long as I can remember as a way of showing our thank you to not only the military, but the individual military units. We want to thank them for how they enhance our community by being a part of it,” said Brenda K. Wilson, cochairman of the Military Affairs Committee. “It brings our community closer together.”
For the second time, Sasser and his family earned the title of Military Family of the Quarter. “Winning this award again is proof that military members are doing good things not only in their military life, but also in the community. This shows that the community is watching and they see what is going on,” Sasser said.
The award is given by the Havelock Chamber of Commerce each quarter to show the community’s support for Cherry Point service members.
Wilson said she can’t remember a service member ever winning the award more than once. The Sailor and his family were the top contenders again, for reasons that are very obvious to his peers and fellow community members.
“His nomination came directly from his unit. When we seek candidates, the base puts out a request to various units to nominate someone. The hospital chose him again because he has continued to exemplify what this is all about, not only doing a good job at work, but doing a good job with his community and his family as well,” said Wilson.
The family was awarded hundreds of dollars worth of prizes and gifts from community members and local businesses throughout Havelock and New Bern.
The Sassers continue to have a positive impact out in the community. Sasser has volunteered more than 40 hours of his time to work with Boy Scouts of America, working with scouts at the pack and troop level. He also donates his skills and services to many charitable groups and organizations such as Angel Food Ministries, Operation Christmas Child, and Encore Pets.
Amy and the children also get involved volunteering with Encore Pets as well. They clean cages, play with the pets, and answer questions for potential adoptees.
Encore Pets is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that finds homes for homeless animals. They also provide rescued pets proper veterinary care, offer low-cost services to those who can’t afford to care for their pets, and educate the community on animal related issues.
“It is important for us to do this as a family,” said Sasser.
“Volunteering teaches my kids great values. We support a community that graciously supports us.”
In addition to winning this competition, Sasser recently won the Sailor of the Year competition, and will represent Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point at the Sailor of the Year selection board in Boston, Mass., in November.