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The Salvation Army Says Farewell To Area Commander After Six Years of Leadership And Service To The Knoxville Area

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Released 4 June 2012

KNOXVILLE, TENN. - June 4, 2012 - The Salvation Army has announced that after six years of service as the Area Commander for the Knoxville Area Command, Majors Don and Daphne Vick have been reassigned to The Salvation Army of Greensboro (N.C.). The Vicks will remain in their roles in Knoxville through Sunday, June 17. Replacing the Vicks in Knoxville will be Majors Albert and Yvette Villafuerte. The Villafuertes come to Knoxville after serving the San Antonio Metropolitan Command as Area Commander and Coordinator of Women's Ministries, respectively.

"After six years in Knoxville, my wife and I have fallen in love with the Knoxville area," said Major Don Vick. "We feel privileged to have been a small part of people's lives being changed and souls being saved while ministering here. We will certainly miss Knoxville, but even more so, we will miss those who have been such a part of our lives and ministry."

Majors Don and Daphne Vick have served as officers in The Salvation Army for over 30 years. Before coming to Knoxville in the fall of 2006, they served in Johnson City, Tenn., Macon, Ga., Tulsa, Okla. and Panama City, Fla. Major Don Vick is a fifth generation Salvationist. His family has been associated with The Salvation Army since 1904. Major Daphne Vick's family came to know The Salvation Army through its Disaster Relief Program. When a tornado destroyed their home, she, her father and three siblings were taken in, provided with shelter and reunited with their mother a few days later. The family made The Salvation Army their church home and has been associated with The Army for well over 50 years.

Since becoming Area Commander for The Knoxville Area Command in 2006, Major Vick has developed and expanded the Command and its programs. Under his leadership, the Knoxville Area Command has grown in many areas including:

- The launch of the Blount County Outpost including an office for social services and the Mercy Chapel;
- Addition of Cocke County to the Command's service area;
- Opening of the first Donation Center in West Knoxville;
- The growth of the annual Red Kettle Campaign's revenue by 80% and volunteer participation by 300%;
- The creation of an Employment Assistance Program which has helped over 300 Salvation Army clients find full-time jobs to date;
- The launch of the Red Shield Community Garden

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to



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