Defense Meritorious Service Medal Narrative Example Essays

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Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM) Submission Guidelines

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A8.1. Standard of Award. Meritorious achievement or service, although of a lesser degree than that required for award of the DSSM, that has been accomplished with distinction.

A8.2. Definition of Meritorious Service. Individual performance must exceed that expected by virtue of grade and experience based on accomplishments during an entire tour of duty. Awards given for service must normally cover the period of the controlled duty tour, plus any extensions, and are normally awarded for a period of service greater than 12 months.

A8.3. Approval/Signature Authority. Dep CDR for J1 and Command Support Staff, J12, J13/14, J15, and J16 for designated officer personnel (O4s and above) and enlisted personnel (E7s and above). NOTE: All awards submitted outside the specified criteria will be submitted for Awards Board review and final decision. (See paragraph 2.7)

A8.4. Submission Procedures.

A8.4.1. Directorate action officers will submit recommendation packages to their approving authority at least 45 days prior to desired presentation date. Prepare the citation using the example at Attachment 9.

A8.4.2. Directors will submit approved decorations to J12 at least 30 days prior to desired presentation date for review and publication of orders.

A8.5. Justification. Award justification, when required, will not exceed the space provided in the ACTION SUMMARY block of <UNIT> Form 915 at Attachment 2 and will follow the requirements of Table A8.1.

A8.6. Presentation. Director or higher authority desirable: however, may be delegated to a lower level.

Table A8.1. Justification Requirement (DMSM).

PCS RETIREMENT

GRADE/RATEJUSTIFICATION JUSTIFICATION
E-1 TO E-6REQUIRED REQUIRED
E-7 TO E-9NOT REQUIREDNOT REQUIRED
0-1 TO 0-3 and W-1 TO W-2REQUIREDREQUIRED
0-4 TO 0-6NOT REQUIREDNOT REQUIRED


 


EXAMPLE OF CITATION – DMSM


CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF
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THE DEFENSE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
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TO
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KRISTINE K. JONES
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Mandatory Opening Sentence. Major Kristine K. Jones, United States (appropriate Service), distinguished herself by exceptionally meritorious service (achievement) as (duty assignment) OR (while assigned to (office) from (month/year) to (month/year)). (Text) Write in narrative style, using short, simple, direct, and accurate facts in straightforward language. Avoid superfluous adjectives and other embellishments. Include accomplishments of the individual and the resulting benefits. (NOTE: See mandatory closing sentences below.)


Mandatory Closing Sentences:
PCS Award. Through her distinctive accomplishments, Major Jones reflected great credit upon herself, the United States (appropriate service), and the Department of Defense.
Retirement. Through her distinctive accomplishments, Major Jones culminated a distinguished career in the service of her country and reflected great credit upon herself, the United States (appropriate service), and the Department of Defense.
 

Retirement (with at least 30 years). Through her distinctive accomplishments, Major Jones culminated a long and distinguished career in the service of her country and reflected great credit upon herself, the United States (appropriate service), and the Department of Defense
Separation. Through her distinctive accomplishments and while serving her country, Major Jones reflected great credit upon herself, the United States (appropriate service), and the Department of Defense.
 

Instructions. Prepare in final form, portrait format, single-spaced, right-margin justified, with 1-inch right and left margins, 1-inch top margin, and a minimum of 3 inches at bottom. Font/Size is 14 TMS RMN. No more than 16 lines. Must be unclassified. Use no abbreviations or acronyms. Spell out full name in opening sentence, then use shortened grade throughout the remaining text; i.e., Lieutenant Colonel Kristine K. Jones, then use Colonel Jones. (For Navy personnel only, use full grade throughout.). Note: For distribution purposes, provide seven copies of the citation with the SSAN typed three spaces to the right of the name and seven copies of the certificate).

For outstanding meritorious achievement while serving as S3 Operations Officer, Commanding Officer Headquarters and Services Company, 3d Medical Battalion, 3d Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, from March 2014 to March 2017. LT Oehrlein distinguished himself through exceptional leadership, extraordinary vision, and operational focus. As S3 Operations Officer he ensured a battalion of 364 Sailors and Marines consistently and remarkably supported the full spectrum of III Marine Expeditionary Force operations. He was instrumental in the coordination and execution of 72 missions to 12 countries, delivering health services support for 4,800-plus personnel and conducting numerous bilateral engagements. His efforts moreover resulted in a 588 percent increase in Marine mission rehearsal opportunities, interoperability, partnerships, and enhanced readiness. He successfully negotiated for a total of 87 3d Medical Battalion personnel to deploy in the Republic of Korea achieving 100 percent Mission Essential Task Lists (METLs) during Winter Workhorse 2016 Exercise, the largest and most logistically complicated, yet most successful Battalion Role II capabilities employment. As lead executive for the Navy Medicine in Support of Marine Corps and Marine Centered Medical Home initiatives, he helped synchronize enterprise efforts to pave the way for more responsive and proficient medical forces. As Commanding Officer for Headquarters and Service Company, he led 226 staff across 13 sections to ensure the battalion's enduring readiness to "Fight Tonight". Lieutenant Oehrlein's superior professional ability, steadfast initiative, and total devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For outstanding meritorious service while serving as Senior Nurse Executive, Joint Medical Group (JMG), Joint Task Force (JTF), Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba from October 2015 to June 2016 in the Navy's most scrutinized medical mission. Captain O'Malley distinguished herself as a transformational leader utilizing quality assurance and process improvement to foster a culture of safety. Her guidance sustained a less than one percent medication error rate. As the Joint Medical policy and procedure manager, she reorganized the matrix that other commands within the Joint Task Force utilized to promulgate updates for the consistent operations of all Joint Task Force personnel. She supported the mission as a health care provider in the Joint Troop Clinic and provided detainee health care. A consummate professional, she supported Joint Task Force cultural awareness seminars for staff, further enhancing the safe and humane care delivered to 76 detainees. She promoted the professional development of the Nurse Corps with multiple educational opportunities. She was instrumental in planning future manning as mission requirements changed. Captain O' Malley's exceptional professionalism, personal initiative, and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon herself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For outstanding performance of his duties while serving as Apprentice Forecaster at Fleet Weather Center, San Diego Strike Group Oceanography Team from October 2010 to July 2013. Petty Officer Walker performed his demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner in support of USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD 8) and her Amphibious Readiness Group's maiden deployment. He expertly prepared and presented 150 mission critical meteorology and oceanography briefs and recorded 2,500 surface weather observations which directly contributed to more than 2,000 hours of mishap-free flight operations. He demonstrated exceptional skill and expertise as a key member of the command reachback cell, where he provided tailored environmental support packages to units operating within THIRD, FIFTH, and SEVENTH Fleet areas of responsibility. Further, he coordinated command participation during six events of the inaugural San Diego Information Dominance Community Captain's Cup, devoted 70 hours toward command Morale, Welfare and Recreation fundraising events that raised more than $8,000 and volunteered 50 hours as a tutor and mentor to students at a local elementary school. Petty Officer Walker's professionalism and devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE IN THE SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE OF HIS DUTIES FROM FEBRUARY 2013 TO DECEMBER 2014. HIS SUPERB LEADERSHIP LED TO ONE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL NSW DEPLOYMENT, PRODUCING OVER 850 METOC PRODUCTS, MANAGED AND CONTROLLED OVER 800 ISR FLIGHTS SUPPORTING MORE THAN 750 COMBAT MISSIONS, AND ONE EXW QUALIFICATION. HIS DIRECT INTERACTION WITH NSW UNITS PROVIDED CRITICAL METOC AWARENESS, ENABLING SAFE AND EFFECTIVE PLANNING OF ALL MISSIONS WHICH RESULTED IN ZERO METOC RELATED INCIDENTS AND SUCCESSFUL USE OF THE TACTICAL ENVIRONMENT BY NSW FORCES. BY HIS PERSERVERENCE, INITIATIVE, AND DEVOTION TO DUTY, CHIEF MILLER REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.

Outstanding meritorious service while serving as For outstanding meritorious service while serving as Operations Chief, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, from June 2013 to May 2016. During this period, Master Gunnery Sergeant Vernon demonstrated superior commitment to the operations, training, and combat effectiveness of 1000 Marines conducting law enforcement operations around the globe. Upon his arrival to the battalion, he used his vast Marine Corps experience to create a cohesive operations section comprised of active duty and reserve Marines. He displayed exceptional initiative during the stand-up of the only reserve law enforcement battalion in the Marine Corps, which was deemed fully operations capable ahead of schedule. As the battalion Operations Chief, his superb organizational skills were vital to planning and ensuring the fulfillment of all 4th law enforcement operational requirements. Under his leadership, the battalion operations section was responsible for meticulously planning over 300 monthly and 27 annual training events. His efforts to standardize the battalion s training and operational processes led to the successful deployment of Marines and Sailors to 14 different joint and international exercises. Master Gunnery Sergeant Vernon's profoundly positive impact on the military police field and the Marines and Sailors of the 4th Law Enforcement Battalion will be evident for years to come. His superior performance of duty during this tour culminates 30 years of honorable and dedicated Marine Corps service. Master Gunnery Sergeant Vernon s exceptional professional ability, initiative and total devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. By his exceptional ability, personal initiative and total dedication to duty, Master Chief reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

For outstanding meritorious service while serving as First Sergeant of the Inspector-Instructor Staff, 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve from February 2014 to January 2016. First Sergeant Edwards consistently performed his demanding duties in a highly professional manner. His leadership directly led to the successful accomplishment of all missions, to include sending Marines overseas, supporting unit training, providing community outreach, and conducting funerals. First Sergeant Edwards supervised the mobilization and recovery of a detachment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and numerous overseas exercises. In addition, his efforts and abilities were critical in the unit receiving mission capable grades during four major inspections. Recognizing manpower limitations on the staff, First Sergeant Edwards personally assumed responsibilities for the planning of several major events, to include two Birthday Balls and several Family Day events. He was on the notification team for three Casualty Assistance Calls and supervised the proper conduct of over 500 funeral honors details. His efforts during two Toys For Tots campaigns led to the collection and distribution of almost 200,000 toys in Palm Beach County. As First Sergeant Edwards transitions from his post, he will leave in place a legacy of dedicated leadership, coordination, and focused effort for training that will serve 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company and its Marines for years to come. First Sergeant Edwards outstanding leadership, commendable initiative and total dedication to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

For outstanding meritorious service while serving as the aviation supply consumable management division staff noncommissioned officer in charge, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16, Marine Aircraft Group 16, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, from January 2015 to November 2015. During this period, Master Sergeant Gomez displayed exceptional expertise and unparalleled resourcefulness while performing his duties. While being responsible for numerous critical mission tasks within the group, his leadership and management resulted in his division receiving a 98 percent grade on the 2015 Third Marine Aircraft Commanding General Functional Area Inspection. Furthermore, Master Sergeant Gomez ensured 100 percent inventory accountability for the supply department's consumable aviation spare parts valued at over 25.5 million dollars and the perfect recovery of over 1,256 critical consumable parts resulting from the deployment drawdown in Afghanistan. His superlative achievements during times of war were the hallmark of a 20 year career dedicated to faithful and honorable service. His superior performance of duty during this tour is the hallmark of a career devoted to accomplishing broad and diverse assignments, in peace time and in war and highlight the culmination of 20 years of honorable and dedicated service. The exceptional professional ability, personal initiative, and loyal devotion to duty exhibited by Master Sergeant Gomez reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

(FIRST AWARD)

CHIEF GUNNER'S MATE (SURFACE WARFARE SPECIALIST) DAVID F. KAYE

UNITED STATES NAVY

For outstanding meritiorious service while serving as Senior Enlisted Leader and Training Safety Officer at Center For Security Forces Learning Site Yokosuka from March 2012 to March 2015. Senior Chief Kaye was directly responsible for the oversight and management of Learning Site Yokosuka and the Ship's Reaction Force Advanced Course of Instruction to include 39 class convenings and the instruction of 784 Seventh Fleet Sailors. Senior Chief Kaye successfully accomplished multiple inspections and program reviews with limited staffing to include: Explosive Safety, Training, Facilities and Safety with outstanding results. Additionally, as Training Safety Officer he planned and coordinated emergency action plan procedures, drills and training resulting in zero training mishaps. Senior Chief Kaye's superior performance and inspiring devotion to duty culminated 23 years of dedicated service, reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For outstanding meritorious service while serving as Intelligence Liaison Officer on the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6) staff from December 2012 to December 2014. As a member of the Type Commander Implementation Planning Team, Commander O'Connor personally wrote the command implementation plan that led to the establishment of Navy Information Dominance Forces Command. As Legislative Liaison he leveraged the OPNAV N2/N6 enterprise in support of congressional decision-making on authorizations and funding for critical N2/N6 programs. Finally as the Intelligence Liaison to the Operations, Strategies, and Plans Directorate, CDR O'Connor provided critical intelligence support that directly impacted U.S. Naval Operations worldwide. Commander O'Connor's exceptional professionalism, personal initiative, and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL

to

COMMANDER JAMES W. DICKINSON
UNITED STATES NAVY

for service as set forth in the following

      CITATION:

      For outstanding meritorious service while serving as Commanding Officer for Navy Operational Support Center, Bessemer from June 2012 to July 2014. Commander Dickinson exhibited superior leadership while managing 17 Full-Time Support Staff personnel and providing world class customer service to over 380 Drilling Reservists. Commander Dickinson expertly fostered success in bringing his Navy Operational Support Center up to top rankings in class, exceeding active duty supporting requirements across 18 reserve units, seven major commands, and two joint agencies. He proactively engaged and adeptly executed a $2.1 million Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning renovations of the building, while simultaneously providing uninterrupted service to over 380 Drilling Reservists population and the community. His expertise has been instrumental in the proposed $3.8 million renovation of outlying buildings in the budgeting and planning stages. Commander Dickinson was hand-selected to serve as a member of Navy Region Southeast Reserve Component Command Qualification Oral Boards. His expertise and input was instrumental screening future, Commanding Officer of Navy Operational Support Commands. As a Navy Ambassador for the only Navy command in the state of Alabama, Commander Dickinson continuously provided service to the community through outreach programs. Commander Dickinson s exceptional professionalism, personal initiative, and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For the President

B. P. CUTCHEN
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy
Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command

MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL

TO

MASTER CHIEF CRYPTOLOGIC TECHNICIAN COLLECTION

SHANNON R. DAY, UNITED STATES NAVY

For services as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For outstanding meritorious service while serving as Senior Enlisted Leader, Center for Information Dominance Detachment and Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Learning Site Goodfellow Air Force Base Texas from November 2011 to September 2014. Master Chief Day boldly led the professional development of 40 USN and USCG instructors as they provided training to 8,027 Information Warriors and Joint DoD firefighters. His efforts were key in reducing fleet manning in the 9138 NEC, ensuring qualified Navy enlisted firefighters were qualified to fill 7012 NEC billets worldwide, supporting forward deployed and Presidential Support Activities. Master Chief Day's exceptional professional ability, personal initiative, and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were keeping in the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Master Chief Petty Officer Smith is cited for meritorious service in the performance of duty as Command Master Chief and Armory and Ammunition Supervisor, Coast Guard Atlantic Area from March 2002 to June 2006. His aggressive leadership, comprehensive knowledge of munitions regulations, and organizational skills were critical in planning and executing a massive short-notice effort to provide over 21 tons of ammunition for ten patrol boats assigned to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Skillfully overcoming every obstacle, his foresight and extraordinary efforts ensured that the cutters, sent on the Coast Guard�s first combat deployment since Vietnam, had the ammunition they needed upon arrival to the combat theater of operations. The Chief of Naval Operations recognized his plan as essential to solving ammunition distribution issues. Identifying a critical gap in small boat homeland security capabilities, he spearheaded a massive distribution of additional weapons and ammunition throughout Atlantic Area. Expertly managing a complex web of requirements, he led the six Area Armories in the distribution of 6,150 new small arms and 28.6 million rounds of ammunition. Following Hurricane Katrina, he immediately mobilized personnel from St. Louis to establish an armory aboard Coast Guard Cutter HARRIET LANE to support the boat crews and security details involved in rescue, recovery, and security operations around New Orleans. His efforts directly contributed to the success and safety of the inter-agency rescue teams. Master Chief Petty Officer Smith's dedication and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.

For exceptional meritorious service from 20 Feb 1990 to 28 Feb 2014 culminating as Officer in Charge, Customer Service desk, Chinhae Korea. Throughout his 24 years of service, Chief Petty Officer Fetuga distinguished himself by exceptional duty performance in positions of increasing responsibility. During his career, he consistently performed his duties by extraordinary leadership, integrity, and superior skill that improved every unit to which he belonged and put Sailors first. During the Japan earthquake disaster he led an unprecedented evacuation effort for over 1000 Sailors and their families out of Commander fleet Activities Yokosuka. His leadership was a beacon during a time of intense confusion, anxiety and turmoil. Due to his effort, CDS-15 was able to reconstitute and be battle ready in less than 48 hours and all squadron family members were safely relocated to the United States. Upon retirement, Chief Fetuga is recognized for distinguished performance of duty that reflects great credit upon himself, and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Outstanding meritorious service while serving as Operations Officer, Naval Air Systems Command, Combat Aircraft Survivability and Threat Lethality unit, from 01 September 2010 to 01 December 2012. Throughout this period, Commander Albani distinguished himself as an officer with vision and as a leader of the highest caliber. He utilized his vast professional knowledge and experience to ensure that our Joint Combat Assessment Team (JCAT) members where fully trained in aircraft battle damage assessment and qualified to deploy in theater and relieve the currently deployed JCAT team. His outstanding management and leadership directly contributed to the successful coordination and timely completion of this joint service requirement. His superior performance of duty during this period is the hallmark of a career devoted to accomplishing broad and diverse tasks highlighting the culmination of thirty four years of honorable and dedicated Navy service. Commander Albani's exceptional professionalism, personal initiative and loyal devotion to duty, reflected great credit upon himself, the Naval Air Systems Command and the United States Navy.

For outstanding meritorious achievement while serving as Navy Expeditionary Force (NEF) Deliberate Plans Officer and Lead Joint Operation Planning and Execution System (JOPES) Officer for FIRST Naval Construction Division Pacific and Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) Pacific from January 2010 to September 2013. Displaying astute vision and extraordinary leadership, he superbly integrated NECC, U.S. Coast Guard, and Expeditionary Medical forces into all phases of deliberate planning for operation plans (OPLANs) and concept plans (CONPLANs) in the Pacific Command (PACOM) area of responsibility (AOR). His keen analyses, superb attention-to-detail, and coordination produced unprecedented synchronization between NECC, Commander Pacific Fleet (CPF), Commander Seventh Fleet, Commander Task Force 76, Marine Forces Pacific, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and USFK forces in support of PACOM Commander s deliberate planning strategy and shaping goals. He meticuloulsy developed a comprehensive warfigting seminar (WFS) that combined rehearsal-of-concept (ROC) drills and briefs for critical OPLAN concept of operations of potential missions and tasks for NECC forces. As lead facilitator for NEF Plans Symposiums and WFS, he tirelessly endeavored to educate Echelon III, IV, and V leadership and prepare forces deploying to the PACOM AOR with relevant planning updates, vital strategic initiatives, and improving NECC's readiness posture. Recognized as the NEF's go-to planner and subject matter expert, he played a critical role in the alignment and maintenance of NECC JOPES data by implementing critical revisions and strategic guidance and significantly increasing accuracy of NECC force reporting. LCDR Panthen's outstanding performance and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For outstanding meritorious achievement as Command Master Chief Naval Facilities Command Headquarters Reserve Augment from September 2011 to September 2013. He has distinguished himself by dedicated leadership and superb communication acumen. His steadfast devotion to the Seabee community and broad knowledge from his two contingency deployments assigned to a battalion and regiment made him an integral part of Flag staff and valued advisor to the Deputy Chief of Civil Engineering. During demanding and unprecedented Reserve Naval Construction Force restructure he provided a key link in communications from Naval Construction Regimental Command Master Chiefs to the Construction Force Master Chief and First Naval Construction Division Command Master Chief. Additionally his efforts representing Naval Facilities Command on Reserve Naval Construction Force Restructure Integrated Planning Team ensured the best course of action. By his professional ability, steadfast initiative, and selfless dedication to duty, Command Master Chief Robert Marconi reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE WHILE SERVING AS SUPPLY CHIEF, COMBAT LOGISTICS COMPANY 36, COMBAT LOGISTICS REGIMENT 35, 3D MARINE LOGISTICS GROUP FROM DECEMBER 2010 TO DECEMBER 2012. DURING THIS PERIOD, MASTER SERGEANT PHAM PERFORMED HIS DUTIES IN AN EXEMPLARY AND PROFESSIONAL MANNER AND DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF WITH OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL EXPERTISE AND EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE OF DUTY. HE MANAGED FOUR SEPARATE FISCAL ACCOUNTS AND WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR OVER 900 LINE ITEMS VALUED AT OVER 4 MILLION DOLLARS. AS THE SENIOR ENLISTED ADVISOR FOR THE UNIT, HE COORDINATED THE COMPANY'S PREPARATION FOR THE COMMANDING GENERAL'S READINESS INSPECTION. FURTHERMORE THE SUPPLY INSPECTOR NOTED HIS ACCOUNT AS OUTSTANDING. THROUGH HIS LEADERSHIP AND SOUND KNOWLEDGE OF INITIAL ISSUE PROVISIONING, HE WAS ABLE TO EXTEND COMBAT LOGISTICS REGIMENT 35'S ABILITY TO FIELD AND ACCOUNT FOR OVER 1,300 ITEMS VALUED AT OVER $9.9 MILLION TO THE UNITS ABOARD MCAS IWAKUNI. MASTER SERGEANT PHAM'S INITIATIVE, PERSEVERANCE, AND TOTAL DEDICATION TO DUTY REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HIM AND WERE IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE MARINE CORPS AND THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.

For outstanding meritorious achievement as Uniform Matters Office Command Master Chief for the Chief of Naval Personnel from June 2009 to September 2011. Command Master Chief Featherstone displayed exceptional leadership as he provided Navy Uniform Policy Briefs to the Fleet, provided counsel and analysis in the development of Navy Uniform Policy, drafted Navy Uniform Proposals for three Navy Uniform Boards, drafted one Navy Uniform NewsGram, drafted multiple Naval Administrative Messages announcing Navy Uniform Changes to the fleet, and answering hundreds of questions on Navy Uniform Questions for the fleet as he maintained the Ask The Master Chief Email Group. As a mentor, Command Master Chief Featherstone trained the next generation of Command Master Chiefs by chairing multiple Personnel Qualifications Standards training sessions. Having served on two U.S. Navy Selection Boards, he also chaired multiple Selection Board Briefs preparing his Sailors for competition. The exceptional professional ability, steadfast initiative, and selfless dedication to duty exhibited by Command Master Chief Featherstone reflected great credit upon him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Outstanding meritorious service as personnel officer and adjutant for Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Bangor, Washington, September 2009 to May 2012. Throughout this period, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Schumacher distinguished herself as an officer with vision and a leader of the highest caliber. She utilized her immense professional knowledge to lead the Marines within the battalion through multiple successes. Her commitment laid the foundation for the harmonious relationship that the battalion enjoys with all units aboard Naval Base Kitsap and the many civilian philanthropic organizations in the community. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Schumacher demonstrated immense professional knowledge and experience to manage a unique command with only two alike in the entire Marine Corps. She educated all leaders and utilized available automated system technology to improve administration processes. As a result, she successfully managed the commands work flow within the administrative office and processing successful unit diary transactions that supported the needs of the battalion. Her willingness to shoulder critical responsibilities and incorporate quality control on the development of personnel administration initiatives was noteworthy in a complex administrative environment. Her superior performance of duty during this tour is the hallmark of a career devoted to accomplishing broad and diverse tasks, highlighting the culmination of over 24 years of honorable and faithful service dedicated to the Marine Corps. The exceptional professional ability, steadfast initiative, and selfless dedication to duty exhibited by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Schumacher reflected great credit upon her and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

For outstanding meritorious achievement as NR NSF NNMC Bethesda Command Chief and acting Commanding Officer from December 2007 to July 2011. Senior Chief Petty Officer Logan displayed exceptional leadership, coordinating security coverage for one our nation's most vital assets for the care and treatment of military forces. He ensured security forces were perpetually qualified, coordinated consistent coverage, and his command climate was one of service and dedication. He set the example for his unit, with exemplary bearing and moral leadership, aiding in further development of his personnel. By his professional ability, steadfast initiative, and selfless dedication to duty, Senior Chief Petty Officer Logan reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For outstanding meritorious achievement as Uniform Matters Office Command Master Chief for the Chief of Naval Personnel from June 2009 to September 2011. Command Master Chief Featherstone displayed exceptional leadership as he provided Navy Uniform Policy Briefs to the Fleet, provided counsel and analysis in the development of Navy Uniform Policy, drafted Navy Uniform Proposals for three Navy Uniform Boards, drafted one Navy Uniform NewsGram, drafted multiple Naval Administrative Messages announcing Navy Uniform Changes to the fleet, and answering hundreds of questions on Navy Uniform Questions for the fleet as he maintained the Ask The Master Chief Email Group. As a mentor, Command Master Chief Featherstone trained the next generation of Command Master Chiefs by chairing multiple Personnel Qualifications Standards training sessions. Having served on two U.S. Navy Selection Boards, he also chaired multiple Selection Board Briefs preparing his Sailors for competition. The exceptional professional ability, steadfast initiative, and selfless dedication to duty exhibited by Command Master Chief Featherstone reflected great credit upon him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Meteorology/Oceanography Reserve Activity 1994 San Diego, California from September 2005 TO December 2010. Lieutenant Fox distinguished himself through his superior technical ability and untiring work ethic. He defined the knowledge base for the Littoral Oceanography and Coastal Meteorology Course. He updated the Navy's Joint Surf Manual, which lay unchanged for almost 30 years. He paved the way to institutionalize METOC support into the SEAL Combat Swimmer Course. He developed littoral forecast tools to ensure the safety and success of SEAL team missions. As Officer in Charge of SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, he set the standard of training for METOC support by creating evaluation tools and authoring the Naval Special Warfare METOC Forecasting Manual. Lieutenant Fox's vast technical and professional knowledge, coupled with his exceptional leadership abilities and unswerving dedication to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For outstanding meritorious service while serving as Associate Professor of Naval Science, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, from April 2009 to April 2011. Lieutenant Humphries consistently performed his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. He displayed exceptional leadership and management acumen while serving as a one man show, efficiently and wisely utilizing scarce resources to accomplish all command missions. Utilizing his superior technical ability and untiring work ethic he was directly responsible for selection and commissioning of the Navy's first female submariner. He exceeded nuclear accession goals by ensuring each candidate was fully prepared for Naval Reactors interviews. An exceptional instructor, he mentored and trained students in Engineering and Weapon Systems drawing on unique fleet experience few junior officers have attained as a qualified Tactical Action Officer for a Sea Combat Commander during a 5th Fleet deployment. Responsible for more than 20 Officer Candidates, he tirelessly dedicated himself to their training and advancement by ensuring he served as Department Head, Division Officer, and Command Career Counselor rolled into one. Accountable at every level of training and development of 180 students annually as summer cruise coordinator, he positively influenced the future of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Lieutenant Humphries' outstanding meritorious service, exceptional professional ability, personal initiative, and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For outstanding meritorious service while serving as Congressional Liaison for Intelligence, Office of Legislative Affairs from January 2003 to August 2006. Commander Doe consistently performed her demanding duties in a highly professional manner. She distinguished herself as a highly respected and effective liaison officer through her keen understanding of Navy intelligence systems and programs. Commander Doe's professional acumen and ability to communicate effectively across widely varying communities and committees helped secure Congressional approval for key Navy initiatives across the broad spectrum of General Defense Intelligence, Joint Military Intelligence and Tactical Intelligence and Related Activity Programs. Her interface with Members of Congress and their staffs was critical in informing them on a range of issues, including the Navy's involvement in the Global War on Terrorism, the impact of Intelligence Community Reform legislation, and key Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance initiatives. Commander Doe's exceptional professionalism, personal initiative, and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon her and were In keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FOR OUTSTANDING MERITORIOUS SERVICE WHILE SERVING AS INDEPENDENT DUTY CORPSMAN/LEADING PETTY OFFICER, 7TH COMMUNICATION BATTALION, OKINAWA, JAPAN, FROM 08 DECEMBER 2008 TO 08 DECEMBER 2010. PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS TABOT KWO CONSISTENTLY PERFORMED HIS DEMANDING DUTIES IN EXEMPLARY AND HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL MANNER. HE SUPERBLY SUPERVISED 9 JUNIOR PERSONNEL WITH DAILY MEDICAL SICKCALL, IMMUNIZATIONS BATTALION MEDICAL READINESS, PROVIDED SUPPORTIVE MENTORSHIP, TRAINING LEADING TO 90% FMF WARFARE QUALIFICATIONS. HIS ATTENTION TO DETAILS, INITIATIVE AND DETERMINATION INCREASED BATTALION MEDICAL READINESS FROM 60% TO OVER 90%. AS A DIRECT RESULT OF HIS EFFORTS, THE BATTALION SUSTAINED TWO MISSION CAPABLE RATINGS DURING 2 CG INSPECTIONS. HIS EXCEPTIONAL EFFORT TO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY LED HIM TO BE INVOLVED IN ROLES AS DEPLOYMENT HEALTH COORDINATOR. HE COMPLETED OVER 600 PDHRA, IMPROVING THE OVERALL PDHRA COMPLIANCE FROM A LOW 20% TO OVER 90%, HIGHEST IN THE III MEF AND ISLAND-WIDE. DURING TIMES OF SHORTAGE, PETTY OFFICER KWO ACTED AS THE SOLE PRIMARY PROVIDER TO 750 MARINES AND SAILORS, ENSURING UNINTERRUPTED PRIMARY CARE SERVICES TO THE ENTIRE BATTALION. ADDITIONALLY, WHILE FORWARD DEPLOYED, HE ACTED AS PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER TO A BASE OF OVER 2000 PERSONNEL OF BOTH US AND AUSTRALIAN FORCES. HIS FORESIGHT WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN PREVENTING A MAJOR OUTBREAK OF H1N1. PETTY OFFICER KWO'S INITIATIVE, PERSEVERANCE, AND UNSWERVING DEDICATION TO DUTY REFLECTED GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND WERE IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.

FOR OUTSTANDING MERITORIOUS SERVICE WHILE SERVING AS MILPAY AUDITOR AT PERSONNEL SUPPORT DETACHMENT NORTH ISLAND, CALIFORNIA, FROM 01 JUNE 2006 TO 30 JUNE 2009. PETTY OFFICER SECOND CLASS JACKSON CONSISTENTLY PERFORMED HER DEMANDING DUTIES IN AN EXEMPLARY AND HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL MANNER. A RECOGNIZED SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT, SHE PROCESSED OVER XXX MILPERS TRANSACTIONS, MILPAY DOCUMENTS, AND TRAVEL CLAIMS, WITH METICULOUS ACCURACY. HER EXCEPTIONAL EFFORT TO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY LED HER TO BE INVOLVED IN ROLES AS VITA COORDINATOR FOR OVER 1,500 STUDENTS RESULTING IN $XXX IN TAX RETURNS, COMMAND CAT TEAM LEADER, AND EARNING HER ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE AND BACHELORS DEGREE IN HER SPARE TIME. BY HER UNSWERVING DEDICATION TO DUTY SECOND CLASS PETTY OFFICER JACKSON REFLECTED GREAT CREDIT UPON HERSELF AND UPHELD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.

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