Wiesbaden family wins volunteer award

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Fredrick Ellwein (from left), 1st Lt. Kaitlin Ellwein, Sgt. Maj. Dianne Ellwein, Austin Ellwein and Tyler Ellwein were recognized by the Association of the U.S. Army after previously being recognized at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden as the Volunteer Family of the Year.

Through their consistent volunteer work and dedication to service, every member of the Ellwein family has shown their willingness to go above and beyond 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.

The Ellwein family’s dedication to Soldiers doesn’t end with the work day, as they selflessly spend countless hours giving back and participating in activities that promote the wellbeing of Soldiers and their families. In this past year alone, the family of five has amassed almost 4,400 hours of volunteer work in a variety of Scouting, church and civic causes.

Sgt. Maj. Dianne Ellwein, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Fredrick Ellwein, U.S. Army retired, and their children—Kaitlin, who is an Air Force first lieutenant, Tyler and Austin—embody the spirit of volunteerism and have each provided exceptional service to the Army, its Soldiers and families with impressive contributions in the Wiesbaden military community.

Sgt. Maj. Ellwein serves as the president of the U.S. Army Europe Sergeant Morales Club, which supports programs such as Angel Trees, Junior ROTC, and offers mentorship programs and scholarships for local students. She is also an active supporter of garrison chapel services and the Wiesbaden High School community and is a dedicated leader for the Boy Scouts of America.

Sgt. Maj. Dianne Ellwein (from left), Austin Ellwein and Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Fredrick Ellwein attend an awards ceremony for Troop 65 in Wiesbaden. The family was recently recognized for their volunteer efforts, along with the couple’s two other children, Tyler and Kaitlin.

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ellwein is an exemplary leader in the Wiesbaden community and the U.S. Army. He fulfilled a critical role by volunteering as the jazz band teacher for the Wiesbaden High School community when the students were left without a teacher. Dedicated to his students, he overcame physical challenges and enabled the high school band to perform musical concerts for the community.

Over a two-year period, the Ellweins’ eldest son, Tyler, a nationally certified athletic trainer and performance enhancement specialist volunteered as a  high school baseball coach and completed 1,200 hours of volunteer work. During that same time, Air Force 1st Lt. Ellwein completed approximately 100 hours as a volunteer for the Okinawa Red Cross in Japan, as a blood drive organizer. Austin, the youngest, an Eagle Scout, completed 732 hours of community service in Boy Scouts, school outreach events and mission work.

The Volunteer Family of the Year award is presented annually to an outstanding family in recognition of its volunteer efforts to promote the well-being of Soldiers and their family members.  Recipient may be active duty, Army civilian, or from the Army Reserve component.