GEICO honors U.S. servicemen and servicewomen at Military Service Awards
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- GEICO honored six members of the military yesterday with the 2011 GEICO Military Service Award for taking part in generous acts of service to their communities.
Each branch of service combed through highly qualified candidates to select a representative that had made a significant impact on their local community by donating their time, talent and knowledge to create a safer environment for their fellow citizens. This is the 24th year that GEICO has held these award ceremonies to recognize the contributions of the men and women of the U.S. military.
The 2011 GEICO Military Service Award recipients are:
United States Army
Staff Sgt. James M. Sutton, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Troop Command, Madigan Healthcare System, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. when nominated, is being honored for his contributions to traffic safety and accident prevention.
Staff Sgt. Sutton created a motorcycle mentorship program at his unit which resulted in zero motorcycle fatalities and earned him the opportunity to refine the Joint Base Lewis-McChord installation motorcycle mentorship program as well as their motorcycle operator policies. He also established a DOD wide motorcycle club, the Minions of Chaos, to instill a climate of motorcycle safety on a large scale. Club members offer safety classes, sponsor safety rides, schedule specialty instructors for motorcycle-related classes and work with local law enforcement for accident prevention, both on-post and off-post.
United States Marines
Gunnery Sgt. Donald L. Garrison Jr., assigned to the II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, NC, is being cited for his tireless work in fire safety and fire prevention.
Gunnery Sgt. Garrison has volunteered extensively with the Half Moon Fire Department of Jacksonville, N.C. He responded to more than 107 incidents in 2010, which helped save the lives of citizens trapped in vehicles and prevented the loss of countless dollars in personal property during the flooding of 2010. Although a volunteer fireman, he has conducted 40 hours of classroom instruction and 80 hours of practical application to volunteers on a quarterly basis. He was the Rookie Firefighter of the Year for 2010 and Firefighter of the Month in March 2010.
United States Navy
Petty Officer Crystal S. Janes of Fleet Readiness Center West at Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas, is being recognized for her dedication to drug and alcohol abuse prevention.
While at technical training in Meridian, Miss., Petty Officer Janes volunteered 42 hours of her personal time to community service with the Base Morale, Welfare and Recreation Committee. When she reported for duty at her current unit, her volunteer activities rose to higher levels of personal commitment. She devoted in excess of 230 volunteer hours to 115 inner city youths as a mentor, team lead and coordinator in the Drug Education for Youth Camp (DEFY) Summer Camp Program.
Petty Officer Janes noteworthy accomplishment earned her a Community Builder Award from the United States Northern District of Texas Attorney. She also volunteers as a section leader and volunteer member of the Base Honor Guard.
United States Air Force
Staff Sergeant Mark A. King, assigned to the 374th Security Forces Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, earned the recognition for his work in drug and alcohol abuse prevention.
Staff Sergeant King has greatly enhanced alcohol and drug abuse awareness for the 11,000 military personnel, civilians and family members at Yokota Air Base, as well as those serving at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during his deployment. Staff Sergeant King routinely gives his personal time to assist his fellow Airmen and others in his military and civilian communities. While at Yokota Air Base, Staff Sergeant King volunteered as the lead for the designated driver program, ensured roadways were safe for the 11K base residents and significantly reduced the number of DUIs during the holidays.
While deployed, Staff Sergeant King led contraband and drug sweeps securing more than 250 contraband items, including illegal drugs, from workers on the installation. He also volunteered for honor guard duty at his deployed location and performed three Fallen Soldier ceremonies, ensuring fallen servicemen received the appropriate honor and respect.
United States Coast Guard
Petty Officer David A. Neuner, assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Centers (NAVCEN) Navigation Information Service in Alexandria, Va. when nominated, is being honored for his valuable work in fire safety and fire prevention.
Petty Officer Neuner has been an active volunteer with the Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton Volunteer Fire Department for more than two years. He has conducted fire prevention awareness training at local elementary schools and has educated the public during service calls and fire department open house events by discussing and demonstrating fire safety topics such as the operation, maintenance and testing of carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. He has also provided annual Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training to NAVCEN personnel.
United States Guard/Reserves
Damage Controlman Third Class Tomas Kaselionis, currently assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team at Novato, Calif., is cited for his work in fire safety and fire prevention.
In addition to supporting numerous emergency response efforts such as the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, DC3 Kaselionis has worked with the Novato City Council, the city fire and police departments and the Novato Disaster Volunteers Council to support the fire department with leadership and organization for community disaster preparedness and response. He has also reached out to a neighboring city to develop a volunteer program to provide incident management and public sector support during times of need.
GEICO chairman Tony Nicely presented the Military Service Awards to the winners at a special ceremony yesterday in Washington, D.C. Throughout the years, GEICO has been proud to pay tribute to the tremendous efforts of our countrys servicemen and servicewomen to improve their military and civilian communities, Nicely said. These honorees have gone beyond the call of duty, and we salute them for both their military service and for their service to their communities.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States. GEICO handles auto insurance coverage for 11 million private passenger auto policies and insures more than 17.5 million vehicles.
In addition to auto insurance, GEICO offers customers insurance products for their motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, boats, homes and apartments is available through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.
GEICO is a strong supporter of American military troops during peace time as well as war time. It's a special focus for GEICO that goes back to 1936 when the company was founded to serve enlisted service members along with other federal employees.
As a member of the Berkshire Hathaway group of companies, GEICO is rated A++ for financial strength by A.M. Best Company and ranks at the top of several national customer satisfaction surveys. For more information, go to http://www.geico.com.
Source: GEICOCopyright Business Wire 2012