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A Model of Selfless Service

Air Force Senior Airman Britney Donnelly, a weather forecaster with the 612th Air Base Squadron, Joint Task Force Bravo, is a shining star of selfless service for her unit at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.

An airman stands outside with a box of shoes.
Soto Cano Volunteer
Air Force Senior Airman Britney Donnelly, a weather forecaster with the 612th Air Base Squadron, Joint Task Force Bravo, poses for a photo with shoes she collected through a nonprofit organization at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Dec. 16, 2021. The shoes will be donated to children from different communities near Soto Cano AB by units across the task force.
Photo By: Maria Pinel
VIRIN: 211216-O-VI420-0009

As a true example of integrity and excellence, Donnelly, who is part of the 25th Operational Weather Squadron, based out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, has hit the ground running for her six-month deployment in Honduras when it comes to community outreach.

"As soon as I got here, I was thinking of something that I could do to help, especially during the season of giving — it's my favorite time!" Donnelly said.

Service members across Soto Cano frequently conduct volunteer activities by supporting different orphanages, or homes for underprivileged children in Comayagua and La Paz to maintain resilience and give back to the community.

"Airman Donnelly came to me as soon as she found out that I was the orphanage point of contact [for our unit]. She's a rock star, she's been trying to get a bunch of donations and being as involved and helpful as she can," said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Angela Lawrence, deputy airfield manager with the 612th. "She's really enthusiastic about getting these things together for our squadron, and she really wants to have an impact."

An airman organizes shoes outside.
Shoe Donations
Air Force Senior Airman Britney Donnelly, a weather forecaster assigned to the 612th Air Base Squadron, Joint Task Force Bravo, organizes shoes at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Dec. 16, 2021. Donnelly collected 1,368 pairs of shoes through a nonprofit organization to be donated for children of Comayagua and La Paz.
Photo By: Maria Pinel
VIRIN: 211216-O-VI420-0032
An airman organizes shoes.
Organizing Shoes
Air Force Senior Airman Britney Donnelly, a weather forecaster assigned to the 612th Air Base Squadron, Joint Task Force Bravo, organizes shoes at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, Dec. 16, 2021. Donnelly collected 1,368 pairs of shoes through a nonprofit organization to be donated for children of Comayagua and La Paz.
Photo By: Maria Pinel
VIRIN: 211216-O-VI420-0033

Donnelly began doing some research to figure out how she could best support the local orphanage sponsored by her unit.

"I came across Soles for Souls, they do shoe drives, and I got in contact with their [vice president of outreach] and they ended up having a distributing center here. Originally, I was hoping to get at least 75 pairs for the orphanage that the 612th volunteers with," Donnelly said.

Soles for Souls collects donated shoes and clothing and provides them to organizations to distribute to people in need all over the world. By partnering with them, not only did  Donnelly reach her goal, but she far surpassed it by collecting 1,368 pairs of shoes of different sizes through the organization.

People pick shoes out of a cardboard box.
Selecting Shoes
Volunteers hand out donated shoes during a visit to a hospital in Comayagua, Honduras, Dec. 19, 2021. The shoes were part of a donation collected by Senior Airman Britney Donnelly.
Photo By: Air Force Capt. Kenneth Parrish
VIRIN: 211219-O-VI420-0001

"When I got in contact with them, she said she was able to get me five boxes of each size. I was under the assumption that I would get five pairs of each size, not each box having 36 pairs each. It was a very great surprise!" Donnelly said.

With so many shoes to go around, Donnelly reached out to other units on base so they can also distribute them to the orphanages they volunteer with, impacting children all over Comayagua and La Paz.

People decorate a tree.
Decorating the Tree
A local home for girls in Comayagua, Honduras, Dec. 18, 2021. Volunteers assigned to Joint Task Force Bravo visited the home as one of several volunteer activities conducted by U.S. service members across Soto Cano Air Base throughout December. Volunteers handed out new pairs of shoes and presents to each child during their visit.
Photo By: Air Force Capt. Allen Palmer
VIRIN: 211218-F-UF814-0001

Representatives from JTF-Bravo, Army Forces Battalion, 1-228 Aviation Regiment and Army Support Activity all joined this great mission and provided shoes to children from different orphanages along with the 612th over this past weekend. Additionally, more will be donated during the upcoming Christmas Chapel Hike.

"I would love to see the people that receive them and the impact that this has," Donnelly said. "This is one big shipment, so hopefully this will last us a little bit, and I would love for the unit to continue this project and keep it going."

People sit and stand for a group photo in a room.
La Paz Photo
Volunteers assigned to the 612th Air Base Squadron, Joint Task Force Bravo pose for a group photo with children from the Children of Love Home in La Paz, Honduras, Dec. 18, 2021. This was one of several volunteer activities U.S. service members at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, conducted throughout December. Volunteers handed out new pairs of shoes and presents to each child during their visit.
Photo By: Air Force Senior Airman Jonathan Bruno
VIRIN: 211218-O-VI420-0001

For almost 40 years, JTF-Bravo and Soto Cano Air Base volunteers have conducted various outreach engagements to maintain resilience among service members and give back to the community that has welcomed the task force and the U.S. military for decades.

Donnelly has also engaged in community outreach programs at her home unit and works with animal shelters and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. She is an example to her squadron.

 

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