Heart to Heart International presented the Power of One award May 9, 2015 at the Compassion Gala to U.S. Army Major General Gary Volesky for leading the charge in the fight against Ebola in Liberia.
Major General Gary Volesky is the commander of the 101st Airborne Division and was named the overall military commander of Operation United Assistance – the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia – in the Fall of 2014. During the next few months, Volesky led U.S. troops into every corner of Liberia to build Ebola Treatment Units, establish field laboratories, and to provide logistical and operational support. The video above introduced Major General Volesky as the winner of the Power of One award at the Compassion Gala.
Volesky was unable to attend the Gala to receive the Power of One award, however he accepted the honor in a video message on behalf of all U.S. military and Department of Defense personnel who were involved in the effort to end the epidemic in West Africa.
U.S. Army First Lieutenant Nate Zimmerly attended the Gala to represent the U.S. military and its role in the Ebola fight, and to physically accept the Power of One award. Serving as liason between aid groups like HHI and the military, Zimmerly’s primary role in Liberia was overseeing the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) and the planning, design, and construction of 12 Ebola Treatment Units, including the ETU that Heart to Heart International operated in Tappita, Liberia.