Vester Marable, 16 year-old VIP was the official greeter for President George W. Bush as he disembarked Air Force One at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama on April 19, 2006. President Bush was in Tuskegee to meet with citizens on the campus of Tuskegee University. Bush arrived via Marine One at Moton Field, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Moton Field was the location of basic and primary flight training for the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII.
Vester was selected to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award pin for his outstanding service to the park and Tuskegee community. Vester has volunteered at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site since it opened August 2002. During that time he has learned the Tuskegee Airmen story, received training in park operations and visitor services, provided orientation tours to park visitors, supported various special events, as well as promotes the Site wherever and whenever he goes. Vester also developed the Site's first ever Jr. Ranger Program booklet. In addition, Vester serves as Vice President of the Student Government Association at Booker T. Washington High School; founded the Tuskegee Student Betterment Council, which helps students improve academic performance and encourages community service; developed a tourism web-site for the Tuskegee area; volunteers at the Tuskegee Area Chamber of Commerce and at the Annual George Washington Carver Arts and Crafts Festival; regularly attends Tuskegee City Council meetings to stay abreast of local politics; as well as sings in his church choir and acts in church plays.
In January 2002 President Bush called on all Americans to make a difference in their communities through volunteer service. As a result he, created the USA Freedom Corps to strengthen and expand volunteer service. USA Freedom Corps also highlights youth volunteer service. The Award is available to youth ages 14 and under who have completed 50 or more hours of volunteer service; to individuals 15 and older who have completed 100 or more hours; and to families or groups who have completed 200 or more hours. Information on the Award is available at www.presidentialserviceawards.gov.