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PEA takes on community service and morale

Posted 2/14/2012   Updated 2/14/2012 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Foster
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

2/14/2012 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass.  -- The Patriot Enlisted Association (PEA) is an unofficial organization at Hanscom that brings the lower enlisted ranks together to make a difference for each other and the community.

Many bases have similar organizations that serve as an outlet for any issues or concerns Airmen may be having, whether it is work related or personal. The PEA also works as the middle man to communicate what the enlisted force may need.

The main goal of the PEA this year is to get the Airmen and NCOs, E-1 through E-6, involved on Hanscom and the surrounding communities, while working on professional development and enjoying morale activities.

"For first-termers, Hanscom may be the first exposure to the military and that can be quite shocking for Airmen," said Senior Airman Eury Marte, PEA president and knowledge operations manager for the Theater Command and Control Directorate. "Although we work with many civilians on a day-to-day basis, the military lifestyle and camaraderie is integral to every military member, so we want to instill some professional development, while also playing an active role in the community."

Marte took on the position of president Feb. 1.

"I felt like I was ready to step into these shoes and take the ideas I've seen in the last few years, blend them together and offer Hanscom an opportunity to see what we're capable of doing," he said.

Marte explained that after one volunteering event involving homeless veterans, he saw a different kind of world that one doesn't see every day.

"Our fundraising and morale building events will clearly express what our goals are and what we will be doing for Hanscom's enlisted members," he said. "Through fundraisers, we hope to donate money to different committees on Hanscom, while also going out and giving back to the people that once gave to us."

Becoming a member is easy and costs $10 for a one-year membership, although Airmen don't necessarily have to become a member to participate or volunteer.

"You don't have to be member to attend meetings," Marte said. "But membership allows you to become a part of the PEA, have a voice in the happenings and get a discounted rate on morale activities."

The monthly meetings consist of discussions about fundraising, what the goals are for that month or quarter, and they also feature a guest speaker that gives advice or just talks about their own experiences.

"It's a great organization and I would love for people to come out, give it a shot and support it," Marte said. "We want to give back and instill a sense of military structure. If I were to walk away tomorrow, I would like to leave my mark in that area."

The next meeting will be held Feb 24 at 3 p.m. in The Tavern at the Minuteman Commons.

For further information about the Patriot Enlisted Association, contact Senior Airman Eury Marte at 781-225-9085 or email eury.marte@hanscom.af.mil.

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