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MCA&F's Awards Dinners Recognize Deserving Marines and Sailors
The Marine Excellence Awards Program recognizes the professional achievements of Marines and sailors with special emphasis on recognizing the honor graduates throughout the Marine Corps officer and enlisted formal schools and leadership courses. MCA&F has provided more than 9,000 awards annually over the last three years, with 10,613 being distributed in 2011, a high water mark. MCA&F hosts five professional awards dinners throughout the year and recognizes superior performance in a variety of occupational fields including Ground Combat and Logistics, C4, Intelligence and Ammunition Technology. In addition, MCA&F host other professional dinners in the North Carolina, Washington, D.C. and Virginia areas. This month MCA&F participated in the Marine West Expo at Camp Pendleton, California and hosted a professional dinner for west coast guests. Here are just a few top awards recognizing outstanding Marines and Sailors.
Prominent Awards provided through the Marine Excellence Awards Program
- General Alfred M. Gray Trophy for Outstanding Communications Leadership
- James Hamilton Information Technology Management Civilian Marine of the Year Award
- LtCol Kevin M. Shea Memorial Unit Award
- The PFC Herbert A. Littleton Awards ( for SNO’s, NCO’s and Enlisted Marines)
- Leftwich Trophy for Outstanding Leadership ( Award provided by H. Ross Perot Foundation)
- Zembiec Award for Outstanding Leadership in the USMC Forces Special Operations Command
- Hulbert Award for outstanding Leadership by a Marine Gunner
- Chambers Award for Outstanding Leadership by a Company Grade Officer in the Marine Reserve Component
General Alfred M. Gray Trophy for Outstanding Communications Leadership
Photo caption: General Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret)
The Gray trophy is awarded annually to a Marine Captain on active duty in a communications Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) billet within the Operating Forces or Supporting Establishment. Officers recommended for this award are recognized by seniors, contemporaries, and subordinates as the officer who best exemplifies outstanding leadership with the Communications environment. The Gray Trophy is presented in honor of General Alfred M. Gray, U.S. Marine Corps.
General Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret) enlisted in the Marines Corps in 1950 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1952. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in Vietnam and later served as the 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps. He institutionalized and published a new warfighting philosophy and implemented a new long-range strategic planning process for the Marine Corps. General Gray is the “God Father” of Marine modernization C4 efforts.
Recipient of the 2010 General Alfred M. Gray Trophy for Outstanding Communications Leadership
Photo caption: BGen Kevin Nally, LtGen George Flynn and Bill White VP, Federal Programs of Sprint Nextel with Gray Recipient Captain David Valentino.
Captain David A. Valentino was recognized for his leadership and dedication in improving communication capabilities within Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC). He developed a series of courses designed to take communications Marines and train them on all the various communications and networking equipment resident in MARSOC.
Through the support of our MCA&F members and revenue from our retail activities by The MARINE Shop, and Marineshop.net, MCA&F recognizes deserving Marines. You can support today’s Marines by joining MCA&F and can stay informed of issues affecting Marines as well as stay connected on unfolding Marine history. Members receive many benefits including access to magazines, discounts with affinity partners and member value pricing at MCA&F retail locations. You can also make a tax deductible donation to the Foundation here.
I want to relay my many thanks to everyone at Marine Corps Association and Military Historical Tours for providing me the opportunity to experience such a wonderful trip to Russia. Had I not won this trip through MCA I may have never taken advantage of such fantastic travels. The group, the Russian Tour guide (Oleg Alexandrov) and Charlie Dunn were wonderful companions during the trip. It will be a memory I will cherish all of my remaing days on this earth.
Again, Many thanks and Semper Fidelis!
1stSgt Bradshaw, USMC (Ret.)
Just a quick note of thanks to Patty Everett. I arrived home from a week vacation to find a package from the Marine Corps Association. I was expecting to find one of the magazines I requested, however, I was pleasantly surprised to discover both magazines were inside. In a time when it seems no one cares about customer satisfaction I am gratified to discover that customer service is not a lost art at the MCA. Once again I thank you for your efforts on my request. It may have been thing but the effort made a huge impression.
Randall E Page
Thank you for all your help over the phone today. Planning a Marine Corps Ball is a lot of time, energy and work.
Timothy C. Summers
Timothy C. Summers
I received my Dress Blues I ordered from The Marine
Shop in the mail today. And I just wanted to write and tell everyone there
that you all did a great job! Everyone from the tailors, to the customer
service reps. I am highly impressed with the quality and tailoring of your
uniforms. I will definitely keep coming back to The Marine Shop in the
future for uniforms!
Thanks for the email; I purchased the two Marine Corps. Cups for my brother who served with the First Marine Div. in Vietnam . He was very pleased with the cups and I was very impressed with the purchase. The online catalog did not do the product the justice it deserved. Thanks again and I am sure you will hear from me in the future.
I received them this morning. Thank you so much for your help! you guys are awesome and you will have my business for any uniform or military need in the future as well as a hearty recommendation via word of mouth to anyone who wonders where they should purchase uniforms from!
I just wanted to say thanks so much for making sure the uniform got back
to me in time for my commissioning class's photo. It fits me well and I am so excited for commissioning which takes
place in 17 hours! Thank you again!
MIDN Judith U Kastner
You have been the easiest person I have ever dealt with since I have started MWR out here. You were very quick to respond to my every question and very knowledgeable about your work for an order over a phone that was my greatest experience. If you were in the Marine Corps Skylar I would write you up for a meritorious promotion. I will surely write it in my books to pass the word to the next MWR rep to continue the membership with you guys.
Sgt Richard Colmenarez
I'm so pleased to see all the great merchandise you are stocking and the awesome promotions. Your store was dissappointing a few years ago and I shopped only at Sgt Grit.
Now, I can find what I am looking for with you guys.
Member saying thanks to our Customer Service Representative, Skylar Hand.
Thank you so much for your help!!! I think you should be commended for your excellent customer service! You were extremely helpful and I was about to get upset about my order but you handled it before I could say anything. You are the best. Thanks again!!!
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