Mayor William E. Cooper recently presented the prestigious Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal to Staff Sgt. Taaka M. Britt of the 1st Battalion 173rd Infantry Regiment, Army National Guard.
Britt was recognized for “exceptionally meritorious volunteer service” from 2014 to 2018.
A statement from the 1-173rd says “SSG Britt’s outstanding service while selflessly devoting over 500 hours of volunteer service to local organizations, civic group, and charities is deeply appreciated. Her contributions will be remembered for generations to come. SSG Britt’s outstanding volunteer service reflects great credit upon herself, the 1-173rd Infantry Battalion, the Alabama National Guard and the United States of America.”
Cooper said he was proud to present the medal and certificate of honor to Britt, especially since she was a former student of his in the Enterprise School System. “She has always been bright and kind and helpful, and she could always be seen with a smile on her face,” the retired educator said. “It is not a surprise that she would dedicate herself to volunteer service across the state and throughout the United States. This is a well-deserved award.”
Britt requested the mayor make the awards presentation, with her family and 1-173rd leaders Capt. Michael Skinner and Sgt. First Class Kevin Tarpley attending the brief ceremony in the Mayor’s Conference Room at City Hall.
Britt has volunteered to assist in many fund-raisers and special causes, representing herself and her unit. She has also represented the Army and Air National Guard Junior Enlisted organization at various conferences around the United States.
Some of the organizations or activities in which Britt has provided assistance include the Wiregrass Food Drive; local Christmas parades; Project Closet, which provides free clothing to people in need; Boy Scouts of America; Veterans Hospital fund-raisers; Montgomery Veterans Day Parade and Program; Brentwood Children’s Home, veterans gift giving at the Enterprise Nursing Home and other community events raising research funds and other donations for Sickle Cell Anemia, Breast Cancer and Alzheimer’s.
The MOVSM was established in 1993 and recognizes those members of the military (active duty, Reserves and National Guard) who perform substantial volunteer service to the local community above and beyond the duties required as a member of the United States Armed Forces.