Air Force reservists volunteer at pro golf tournament

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Phyllis Keith
  • 624th Regional Support Group Public Affairs

Two Air Force reservists with the 624th Regional Support Group here volunteered at the Sony Open PGA Tour golf tournament held at the Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan. 6-12.


Master Sgt. Larry Castillo, a cargo manager with the 48th Aerial Port Squadron, was tasked to drive the golfers, their caddies and family members from their hotels in Waikiki to the golf course.


Castillo said he couldn't remember if this was his eighth or ninth year volunteering.


It was Tech. Sgt. Ed Dumlao's first time volunteering at the tournament. Dumlao, a water fuels systems maintenance journeyman with the 624th Civil Engineering Squadron, manned the 14th fairway, recording the golfers' shots using a trigger type laser and a palm device.


After finishing his shift Dumlao took advantage of the military appreciation tent on the 18th fairway that offered free refreshments as well as a chance to meet the pro golfers who stopped by the tent after their rounds to thank the service members and their families.


Castillo, who works as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, said he liked getting to meet the golfers but what motivated him the most was serving.


A week before the golf tournament, Castillo sent an email to unit members letting them know of the opportunity to support the Friends of Hawaii Charities, a non-profit organization whose principal fund-raising event is the Sony Open. The funds benefit the women, children, youth, and needy programs of Hawaii.


As a member of the 624th RSG's Human Resources Development Committee (HRDC), Castillo has organized volunteer opportunities for members to do restoration work on the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor and to collect holiday food donations for the Hawaii Food Bank in Honolulu.


Col. Max Mendoza, commander of the 624th RSG, said, "Our most valuable asset is our people. Master Sgt. Castillo and Tech. Sgt. Dumlao have certainly exemplified this by volunteering their time as Citizen Airmen to help make this charitable event a success."


"Service before self" is an Air Force core value that both Castillo and Dumlao said they carried into the public sector by joining the more than 1700 volunteers at the tournament.


Castillo has lived in Hawaii since 1994 and will retire from the Air Force in February after 25 years of service. Dumlao, who works for the Honolulu City and County Board of Water Supply, is originally from Guam and has served 26 years in the military.