The AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedicated volunteer service significantly contributes to improving the well-being of Army families and the local community. Nominees are put forward by AUSA Chapters.

The winning family receives a trip to Washington D.C. for the Annual Meeting, a cash prize and a gift basket courtesy of our Gold Star Sponsor, ENGILITY and our Silver Star Sponsor, Health Net Federal Services.

AUSA Family Readiness extends sincere thanks to ENGILITY and Health Net for their very generous support for this award.

2016 volunteer Family of the Year


Photo by: Tomekia Williams

The AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award for outstanding efforts to promote the well-being of Soldiers and families is presented to Major Craig Young, an exercise planner with U.S. Army Europe and Operation Atlantic Resolve, his wife Lisa and their three children—Zachary, Abigail and Benjamin—for their exceptional service to the Army, its Soldiers, Army families and their local community.

The Youngs joined the Wiesbaden Military Community in 2011, shortly before Craig was to deploy with V Corps to Afghanistan. With Craig preparing to deploy, Lisa seized the opportunity to volunteer in their new community. She began volunteering heavily with the local schools, becoming an Elementary School Room Mom, helping plan events and becoming active in the high school’s booster program. The entire family also got involved with volunteering, applying their particular skills or passions to benefit the community’s schools.

When Craig returned from his deployment to Afghanistan, V Corps was slated for inactivation. The personnel departures the inactivation would bring posed a major difficulty for Cub Scout Pack 65, the local pack that the Youngs had been involved with. In response to this the Youngs stepped up to help support the pack, providing their time, energy and leadership to help bolster the pack’s activities and numbers. Craig serves as the cubmaster and Lisa serves as the pack’s secretary, with both serving in a variety of roles in the Barbarossa District and Transatlantic Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The children have also been actively involved, both as members of the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and through volunteering for events with their siblings and parents. Their efforts have helped double the size of Pack 65, especially notable when many of the other packs in the area have been struggling.

The Young family has received a great deal of recognition for their commitment to service. Craig has received the Captain Paul E. Garber Award for his leadership in chartering a local Civil Air Patrol, as well as a Boy Scouts of America Unit Leader’s Award of Merit. Lisa has received the Boy Scouts of America Cub Scout Leader’s Training Award, and Abigail has received the Girl Scouts of America’s Bronze Award. Additionally, the Boy Scouts of America Barbarossa District, which the entire family volunteers to support, was named the 2016 USAG Wiesbaden Private Organization of the Year.

Through consistent volunteer work and a dedication to service, the Youngs have shown their willingness to go above and beyond in order to help others. It is with sincere gratitude and appreciation that the Association of the United States Army presents our Volunteer Family of the Year Award to this remarkable Army family on this, the third day of October, two thousand sixteen