Marine Corps Association & Foundation 2012 Ammo Tech Awards Recipients

The Marine Corps Association & Foundation in conjunction with Marine Corps Systems Command conducted the third annual MCA&F Ammo Tech Awards Dinner on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 at the Springfield Hilton Hotel in Springfield, Virginia to honor the professi...

The Marine Corps Association & Foundation in conjunction with Marine Corps Systems Command conducted the third annual MCA&F Ammo Tech Awards Dinner on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 at the Springfield Hilton Hotel in Springfield, Virginia to honor the professional achievements of the top performing Marines in the ammunition technician occupational field in 2011. The dinner featured Lieutenant General Richard P. Mills, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration as the guest speaker and awards presenter.


Lieutenant General Richard P. Mills, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration

The event served as the opportunity for MCA&F members, industry partners, Marines and friends of the Corps to enjoy an evening of professional development, networking, camaraderie, and most importantly to recognize the professional achievements of Marine award recipients in the Ammo Tech field. The awards were sponsored by MCA&F, Rheinmetall Defence, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, L-3 Communications, and ATK. The award recipients honored at the dinner included:


LCpl Nicolas G. Salgado-Jimenez with his mother, Norma Jimenez

Lance Corporal Nicolas G. Salgado-Jimenez

Recipient of the 2011 Gunnery Sergeant Edwin W. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Ammunition Technician Marine of the Year Award for Superior Achievement. A Long Beach, California native, LCpl Salgado-Jimenez is the Regimental Ammunition Chief of the 7th Marine Regiment. He was responsible for over 75 different ammunition varieties containing over 5,022,757 rounds of various types. While serving with 7th Marines, he personally processed over 100 ammunition requests involving more than 500,000 rounds of ammunition including 20 priority requests. Being the youngest of three, LCpl Salgado-Jimenez became a Marine to follow the footsteps of his older brother. He always knew he wanted to become a Marine, even throughout the tough reality of being away from his family. When asked how he felt about being recognized by MCA&F, LCpl Salgado stated, “Happy, hard work does pays off and I have a really big support system.”


Cpl Michael Covey being awarded by GySgt Tasha Johnson, USMC, wife of GySgt Edwin Wayne Johnson, USMC, LtGen Mills, and Rheinmetall representative, John Somich.

Corporal Michael A. Covey

Recipient of the 2011 Gunnery Sergeant Edwin W. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Ammunition Technician NCO of the Year Award for Professional Excellence. While deployed in Sangin, Afghanistan, Cpl Covey, a South Haven, Michigan native kept accountability of all ammunition stored aboard multiple Forward Operating Bases (FOB) and Patrol Bases (PB) under the command of 3d Battalion 7th Marines. His dedication and hard work as Battalion Ammo Chief led to the effortless turnover of the ammunition account to 1st Battalion 7th Marines at the end of the deployment. The Commandant of the Marine Corps personally awarded Cpl Covey the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal on 5 February 2012 for his meritorious service.  At age 11, when the U.S. was tragically hit on 9/11, Cpl Covey wanted to become a Marine to protect his country. At age 17 Cpl Covey enlisted in the Corps to become one of the few and the  proud. His hard work and dedication has been recognized by his peers. During the period of 1 Jan 2011 to 31 December 2012, he flawlessly requested, pre-staged and delivered 1.5 million rounds of ammunition worth a monetary value of six million dollars. Cpl Covey’s proficiency, knowledge, credibility and concern for his battalion’s reputation saved not only the Corps but also the United States Government a total of $1,356,364.


SSgt Joseph Giacomelli with his family

Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Giacomelli, Jr.

Recipient of the 2011 Gunnery Sergeant Edwin W. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Ammunition Technician SNCO of the Year Award for Distinguished Service. Born in  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, SSgt Giacomelli provided highly responsive ammunition support to deploying Marines, while serving as the SNCOIC of the Field Ammunition Supply Point (FASP), Mojave Viper Support Detachement (MVSD). He was recently deployed to Afghanistan with 2d Supply Battalion, as the Storage Chief and Detachment Company Gunnery Sergeant for the Camp Leatherneck FASP in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11-2. He planned and supervised the movement of over 5.6 million rounds of ammunition to the theatre support area in Kuwait.  SSgt Giacomelli was honored and really excited to be recognized. He stated, “I have a lot of great Marines that work for me, and make me look good.”


CWO-2 Scholten with his wife, Stephanie and LtGen Mills

Chief Warrant Officer 2 John J. Scholten

Recipient of the 2011 Ammunition Officer of the Year Award for Exceptional Management. Hailing from Holland, Michigan, CWO-2 Scholten was assigned to Marine Corps Systems Command and currently serves as the Inventory Accuracy Officer and Operations Officer for the Ammunition Logistics Focus Team. CWO-2 Scholten developed a systematic and comprehensive approach to ammunition logistic operations in a reduce logistic footprint. He also generated a phased military construction program consisting of interim storage solutions. He was happy about his accomplishment and excited to be recognized.  CWO-2 Scholten enlisted at age 17 to be a part of the best of the best. “There is a certain type of response you get when you say you’re a Marine.”

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