Key Buckley 5/6 members assigned to ARPC assist Denver Fisher House

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Rob Hazelett
  • Air Reserve Personnel Center Public Affairs
Three service members from the Air Reserve Personnel Center are leading the way for the Buckley 5/6 Association during an ongoing project that began in January 2014 at the Denver Fisher House.

"We're giving back to veterans and their families by providing meals and a sense of comfort," said Tech. Sgt. Richard Grybos, ARPC recognition service team technician, who is a 23-year Air Force Guardsman.

The Denver Fisher House, on the grounds of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colo., provides a home-like environment for veterans and active-duty personnel with ailing family members to be close to family members during hospitalization.

Grybos serves as president of the Buckley 5/6 Association, which functions to develop, inspire and motivate tomorrow's leaders today. It also enhances and maintains the camaraderie, esprit de corps and prestige of the noncommissioned officer corps, while promoting a spirit of unity and honor among all enlisted personnel assigned here and all tenant units.

Staff Sgt. Diaydra Gardner, ARPC recognitions technician, serves as the Buckley 5/6 Association treasurer said club members hope to expand on their scope of volunteerism.

"We are serving those who have served our great nation in any way possible," said Gardner, who has been in the Air Force for more than five years and at ARPC for one year. "As of now, we are currently doing dinner on a bi-monthly basis. Soon we'll be sending out a basewide e-mail for more participation."

Tech. Sgt. Heather McBride, customer representative for the Total Force Service Center, is the sergeant of arms for the 5/6 club who mentioned that club participants are doing great work at the Fisher House.

"We are providing home cooked meals to the families there twice a month," the 10-year traditional Reservist said. "It is great to interact with them, hear their stories and provide them with a little bit of comfort when they are dealing with something that distracts from simple comforts such as home cooked dinner."