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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.
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.
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 wanted to take a moment and thank everyone at the association for sponsoring the Ground Awards Dinner on 3 June at the Crystal City Marriott. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and were tremendously pleased with the hospitality shown to us and the great accommodations. As well, I wanted to thank the association for the DVD of the event that was mailed to me. It is something that I will keep and treasure for the rest of my days. Again, thanks for everything.
Capt Chris Conner
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!
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.
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
It is ALWAYS a pleasure to work with a consummate professional such as SgtMaj (Ret.) Frank Pulley. As the company 1stSgt for Hotel Company, MCT, SOI (West), I’ve attended a number of his briefs and one can visually see a positive change in the student’s attention levels as the SgtMaj delivers his presentation. The SgtMaj truly cares about the Marines and the Marine Corps and represents the MCA in an extremely admirable manner. It has been my experience that all Marines (including myself) benefit from the experience of attending a MCA presentation. And regardless of rank or years of experience, Marines should always seek to increase their level of proficiency and knowledge and MCA briefs provide us with that opportunity.
1stSgt Scott Burton
Colonel Ford, I have to pass this on because I'm in shock that I was able to Connect (on the first Ring), Chat and concluded my business with "Sharon" in less than 30 seconds, at the MCA-Office. I was taken by surprise. Why, I'm Not used to anyone answering the phone especially on the first ring. AND...a human being...a lovely lady with a disarming voice, which at first I thought was a recording. WOW! I commend THE MCA for doing such an outstanding service for its members...make me proud. Just think...I was not asked "if I knew my parties Extension."?
Wish I had a Blog...I would spread around how delighted I am. What transpired to me today is Rare, just doesn't happen anymore. See, I'm so impressed I'm blitzing you here.
I received my blouse last Friday and want to thank you for your efforts
in getting things done. Also, please thank the tailors involved in
making everything right and please give my sincere thanks to those who
made the decision to make the necessary corrections at no charge to me.
That in itself says a lot about your organization. The blouse fits
like a glove and actually looks and feels like new.
Thank you and all the staff who had a hand in correcting a problem and making an old man happy. Semper Fi
Charles W. (Chuck) Harpe
Congratulations. You are more responsive and informative than any other website contact I can recall. I appreciate that very much. It’s really nice to have someone like you at the MCA “front door.”
W. A. Reed King George, VA
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