“These individuals are good at improvising. We give them a crash course training that lasts about five minutes, along with safety or latex gloves and a safety boxcutter and badge,” he said.
“They don’t fool around,” Quaranta continued. “They are assigned an area and they take care of business. It has been great for us.”
Some of the Airmen are in uniform as they volunteer.
“I am here to serve them, and they are helping me serve them,” he noted. “It’s a great circle and they are mostly young and fun.”
Quaranta looks back at the first call he had to issue for volunteers to come help with a stock load.
“They were here so fast - in a matter of just a few hours. They were so efficient even though they perform entirely different kinds of work,” he said. “It was incredible. It really blew my mind.”
Airman 1st Class Miles Lacer, in training to be a cybersecurity technician with the 88th Communications Squadron, has only been stationed at Wright-Patt since January but is already finding a way to contribute to the community with his commissary volunteerism.
He has been stocking baby food, vitamins, body wash, cosmetics and shaving items.
“I’m a lot more familiar with what is in which aisle now,” he laughed.
“It sounded like a fantastic opportunity and I am happy to do it,” Lacer said. “It’s a fun thing to do. The time goes by fast and you get to meet some new people.”
Plans call for the volunteers to keep assisting until at least April 28, Quaranta said.