Local Woman Selected for Armed Forces Salute

The Pilot – October 20, 2010

Southern Pines resident Rollie Sampson has been selected to represent Fort Bragg in the ABC Channel 11 “Armed Forces Salute.”

WTVD ABC Channel 11 is saluting military families in our region who are doing extraordinary things. These salutes will be in the form of short TV segments about each individual or family.

These segments, which began airing July 2, will be aired Fridays at 6 p.m., with a new segment being aired each week. The salute to Sampson will air Oct. 22, at 6 p.m.

Sampson volunteers for 14 different community and military organizations throughout Fort Bragg and its local communities.

“Many groups and organizations go to her for assistance,” according to the nominating committee. “These groups are enriched by her volunteer efforts. Her passion for families and her tremendous energy yield great dividends for the command and its families.” >

Many of the community organizations Sampson is involved with impact military families and their quality of life but also encompass the total local community. >

“I was extremely honored to have been selected to represent the 528th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Bragg and Moore County for the Armed Forces Salute,” says Sampson. “I consider myself blessed to have spent my entire life connected to the military – as a military child, enlisted soldier, officer and especially a military spouse.”

She is currently a senior Family Readiness Group (FRG) adviser for the 528th Sustainment Brigade, where she spends a considerable amount of time providing assistance to the brigade and Special Troops Battalion (STB) planning and assisting with unit events, activities and fundraisers for soldiers and their families, as well as guidance on family support issues. >

The list of organization with which Sampson is involved is quite lengthy and includes Communities in Schools, where Sampson has been a board member and volunteer for more than two years, the Girl Scouts, Partners for Children and Families, Southern Pines Elks Lodge, the PTA at Southern Pines Elementary, Interagency Council for Nonprofits and the Moore County Chamber of Commerce.

“Through these experiences I have learned the value of civic duty and service to others,” says Sampson. “It is something I have taken with me to each assignment and strive to give back to both my military and local community, regardless of where I live.”

Sampson is the wife of Lt. Col. Andrew Sampson, Special Troops Battalion Commander, 528th Sustainment Brigade. She also served in the Army as an engineering officer prior to starting her family and is currently the director of community relations for Communities In Schools.

Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading community based organization helping kids stay in school, succeed in school and be better prepared for life. CIS initiatives and programs that impact students in Moore County Schools include mentoring programs, afterschool programs, CIS FirstSchool Garden programs and the Community Career Academy.

For more information on Communities In Schools, call Cynthia Bradley, executive director, at (910)-295-1072 or visit the CIS website at www.moorebuddiesmentoring.com.