2006 Volunteer Family of the Year 


The Calton Family

The Caltons will be recognized at the 2006 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, October 9-11, at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center.

The 2006 AUSA Rubbermaid-Irwin Volunteer Family of the Year is CSM Darrel Calton, his wife Kay, sons; Derek and Andrew and daughter Kaylin. The Caltons from Fort Detrick, Maryland, are an Army Family who strongly believes in being continuously involved in programs and events which improve the well-being of Soldiers and families in their community. Their outstanding efforts on behalf of Soldiers and families positively influence each volunteer organization and event of which they are a part.

CSM Calton, is the Command Sergeant Major for the 21st Signal Brigade, following are just some of the activities with which he has been involved just this past year. He supervised a Better Opportunities for Single Solders (BOSS) trip to New Orleans to participate in a Hurricane Katrina clean up effort which involved both Soldiers and civilians from the Fort Detrick area; he spent over 50 hours coaching a basketball team for six to eight year olds and worked after duty hours to help them improve their skills; he participated in the delivery of Girl Scout cookies as well as working with the local Brownie troop to prepare packages for Soldiers in Iraq; he participated in runs and walks to raise funds, volunteered time at the local elementary school, taught Army Family Team Building (AFTB) classes, and supported the local VFW with their activities. The list could go on and on because CSM Calton has helped so many through his volunteer service.

Kay Calton is a soccer and basketball Mom and supports the teams by coordinating and ordering uniforms, trophies, team photos, keeping team schedules as well as being the score keeper at the games. She supported her husband’s Hurricane Katrina relief effort by managing a post-wide yard sale to raise funds and then for good measure added another one to raise funds for installation programs. She is active in the unit’s Family Rediness Group activities, has worked booths for school events and helped the Girl Scouts prepare packages of cookies to be delivered to deployed troops. Kay is involved with the elementary school PTA and is an AFTB Level I, II, III instructor, Master Trainer and Program Manager. She has also been an Army Family Action Program delegate for her installation and helped to promote the installations ideas at the MAACOM level.

Derek Calton is a freshman at Frederick High School and has volunteered as an assistant coach for the past two years. He is a member of the Power Hour Group, an after school program which helps elementary aged children complete their homework. Derek has volunteered time for the yard sales, VFW events and fund raising runs and walks with his mother and father to support installation events. He is also a member of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

The Calton’s sixth grader, Andrew has also volunteered with the Power Hour Group. He, like his older brother is very familiar with the Halloween booths, rides, and yard sales that the rest of the family is involved in because he is right there working along with them. Andrew is also a member of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

Kaylin Calton is eight years old and already helps her family as they volunteer many hours to support the numerous sports programs, fund raising events and scouting activities that make Ft Detrick a good place for Soldiers and families. She has volunteered during the Post Family Day, the Halloween celebration and for the Fort Detrick annual Armed Forces Day events and has participated in the Hero Fun Walk.

For the Calton Family volunteering is a family affair. Their boundless energy and total involvement in working on behalf of others sets a standard that is hard to follow and certainly to be commended. CSM and Mrs. Darrel Calton and their children live by the family values of patriotism, citizenship and volunteer service and are a true asset to their unit, their community and the United States Army. It is with great pleasure that we at AUSA honor them as the AUSA Rubbermaid-Irwin Volunteer Family of the Year for 2006 and host them at our Annual Meeting.

AUSA Family Programs expresses it’s sincere appreciation to Rubbermaid and Irwin Tools for their generous sponsorship of the AUSA Rubbermaid-Irwin Volunteer Family of the Year award program and the Military Family Forum events.