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MCL Awards

Marine Corps. League Awards

Through its annual awards program, the Marine Corps League accords its highest awards of recognition to deserving public officials, members of the Marine Corps League and enlisted Marines and Navy personnel, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Military Order of the Iron Mike Award and Dickey Chapelle Award are conferred upon deserving individuals in conjunction with the Annual Grand Banquet held in connection with the Marine Corps League-sponsored Modern Day Marine Military Exposition.

Also, in conjunction with the annual Modern Day Marine Military Exposition, the Marine Corps League, in cooperation with the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, receives nominations from field commands which leads to the bestowal of special recognition upon exceptional active duty enlisted personnel. The selectees are accorded the singular special military honor of serving as reviewing officials at a parade and awards ceremony held in their honor at the Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia. Attendees officials include active duty, retired, reserve and former Marines of every rank and position; plus the captains of industry who arm, supply and equip Marines for their wide variety of missions on land, sea and in the air.

These functions are attended by ranking members of the U.S. Marine Corps and industry, the Marine Corps League, and interested government and industry officials.

Military Order of the Iron Mike Award Dickey Chapelle Award

2018 Enlisted Awards
Awards Recipients

DRILL INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR 

This Award goes to an Enlisted Marine for service on the drill field as a Drill Instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island or San Diego. The award recognizes exceptional professional ability and motivation with initiative and dedication to the demanding mission of recruit training. The award recipient must demonstrate sustained superior performance.

 

Staff Sergeant Justin M. Crawn, USMC

For meritorious service in the superior performance of his duties and selection as the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Fiscal Year 14 Drill Instructor of the Year while serving as Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor, Company A, First Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island, South Carolina, from October 2013 to September 2014. Staff Sergeant Crawn committed countless hours of hard work and dedication that ensured the successful transformation of 223 recruits into basically trained Marines. Through patient leadership and professional skill, he produced one company honorman, one honor platoon, and consistently exceeded regimental averages in academic testing and the physical and combat fitness tests. Staff Sergeant Crawn’s rigid pursuit of excellence and unceasing devotion contributed significantly to the mission of making marines and he undoubtedly left an indelible mark on those with whom he served. Staff Sergeant Crawn’s distinctive accomplishments, unrelenting perseverance, and devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

 

Gunnery Sergeant Carlos N. Hathcock II Award

This award is named after Gunnery Sergeant Carlos N. Hathcock who enlisted in the Marine Corps in May, 1959 and served as a distinguished marksman throughout his Marine Corps career. He set the rifle marksmanship record for the Marine Corps “A” Course in 1963 by firing 248 points out of a possible 250. Gunnery Sergeant Hathcock served two tours of duty in Vietnam where he was instrumental in forming the 1st Marine Division Scout-Sniper School. Taking part in many major and special operations, often deep in enemy territory, his accurate rifle fire once pinned down a company-size North Vietnamese Army unit for five days. On one occasion, he stalked alone to within 800 yards of a North Vietnamese Army division to reach a position from which he killed an enemy general. The Hathcock Award is presented to an enlisted Marine who has made an outstanding contribution to marksmanship and marksmanship training during the previous twelve months.

 

Sergeant Joseph S. Peterson, USMC

For outstanding contribution to Marine Corps combat readiness and the competition-in-arms program while serving as assistant rifle team coach, Marine Corps Training Command, Weapons Training Battalion, Marine Corps Shooting Team, from 01 January 2014 to 31 December 2014. During this period Sergeant Peterson served as an integral part to the development of the Marine Corps marksmanship program due to his abilities and accomplishments. Through his expert instruction and guidance, Sergeant Peterson ensured the successful training of more than 1,250 Marine competitors during the 2014 competition-in-arms program shooting season. His expert advice provided the necessary training for all competitors to remain proficient with the M9 service pistol, M-16 service rifle, and the M4 carbine and played a pivotal role in each Marine’s ability to utilize that weapon both during training and future combat operations. An adept competitor, Sergeant Peterson was one of the eight firing for the Marine Corps. Through his actions and dedication to success, Sergeant Peterson has significantly enhanced the combat readiness of the Marine Corps as a whole. Sergeant Peterson’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.

 

Marine Corps Reservist of the Year Award

 

This award is presented to an enlisted Marine Corps Reservist, while serving with the Marine Corps Reserve, has made an outstanding contribution to increased combat readiness within the organization. The contribution may be sustained performance or a specific individual act and must have been made within the period of the preceding year.

 

Sergeant Anthony R. Hernandez, USMCR 

Sergeant Anthony R. Hernandez distinguished himself as the 2014 Reservist of the Year by providing outstanding service as the contractor replenishment cell chief at the deployment processing command/reserve support unit – east. His selfless devotion, exceptional professionalism, dedication, knowledge and leadership directly impacted the successful completion of pre-deployment training for over 700 DOD contractors and DOD civilians. This accomplishment included the pre-and re-deployment processing of all contractors in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sergeant Hernandez devoted himself to higher education as well as motivating his peers to achieve new professional and educational goals. He played a central role in implementing certification requirements for all DOD contractors and employees supporting a Marine Corps mission within the U.S. Central Command’s area of operations. He additionally coordinated and hosted numerous USCENTCOM multifaceted engagements, provided an extremely effective coordination procedure between government agencies seeking contractor processing support and the combatant commander receiving this capability. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Hernandez define his distinguished service to this country and reflect credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Marine Corps.

 

Marine Corps Security Guard of the Year Award

This award is given to a Marine Security Guard who has shown outstanding leadership and integrity while serving in the United States Embassy’s of the world.

 

Staff Sergeant Quassi I. Swan, USMC

For meritorious service in the superior performance of his duties and selection as the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ fiscal year 14 Marine Security Guard of the Year while serving as Detachment Commander, Detachment Guatemala City, Guatemala, Region 9, Marine Corps Embassy Security Guard from October 2013 to September 2014. Sergeant Swan consistently performed his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. His abilities were quickly put to the test immediately following his arrival in Guatemala as he assumed the duties of Detachment Commander, a position traditionally by a staff non-commissioned officer. His performance during this period greatly enhanced the detachment’s security posture, ensured a high state of operational readiness and greatly increased the cohesion between the Marines and the embassy community. Sergeant Swan provided sound leadership to his Marines while training them in the most current security practices resulting in a high level of tactical proficiency and vigilance. Sergeant Swan provided sound leadership to his Marines while training them in the most current security practices resulting in a high level of tactical proficiency and vigilance. Sergeant Swan’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.

 

United States Marine Corps Recruiter of the Year

This award is presented to an enlisted Marine who has shown outstanding professional ability in the field of recruitment of young men and women. The award winner must perform their duty in a highly motivated and exemplary manner demonstrating a superior performance.

 

Staff Sergeant Jose Flores, USMC

For meritorious service in the superior performance of his duties and selection as the Commandant of the Marine Corps fiscal year 14 Recruiter of the Year while serving as Canvassing Recruiter, Recruiting Substation Patchogue, Recruiting Station New York, 1st Marine Corps District, Eastern Recruiting Region, Marine Corps Recruiting Command, from October 2013 to September 2014. During this period, Sergeant Flores distinguished himself by enlisting 33 poolees with 88% testing in mental groups I-IIIA and 100% classified as Tier One. The exemplary mentorship he provided these young men and women was evident in the 21 recruits he shipped to recruit training, 100% of which tested in mental groups I-IIIA and 100% classified as Tier One. Impressively, he achieved these strong statistics with only two discharges from the delayed entry program and zero Marine Corps Recruit Depot attrition. Sergeant Flores proficiency, professionalism and total devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

 

Sergeant Major Bertha Peters Award

This award is named in honor of Sergeant Major Bertha L. Peters, who in 1961 earned the distinction of being the first Woman Marine to be assigned as the Sergeant Major of the Woman Marines. In the course of Sergeant Major Peters’ distinguished career, she achieved many firsts, to include being one of the eight women sworn into the regular Marine Corps by the Commandant of the Marine Corps in a ceremony on November 10, 1948. Sergeant Major Peters joined the Marine Corps in 1943 and made a significant contribution to increased combat readiness.

 

Sergeant Stephanie N. Cosby, USMC

Sergeant Cosby’s outstanding contributions to Marine Aircraft Group 14 while serving as the maintenance department training NCO and nondestructive inspection technician for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 has set a standard for others to emulate. Throughout 2014 Sergeant Cosby was instrumental in increasing the readiness of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 through conducting and monitoring the entire maintenance department’s semi-annual training requirements. Sergeant Cosby also contributed to overall mission readiness for all flying squadrons within Marine Aircraft Group 14, the Marine Corps largest group by leading Marines during 5,000 maintenance man hours performing over 2,800 non-destructive inspections, on over 15,000 aircraft components. Sergeant Cosby’s efforts directly contributed in Marine Aircraft Group 14’s increased readiness rates while successfully completing all assigned operational tasks. Sergeant Cosby’s leadership and mentorships of both junior and seniors alike epitomizes a Marine Noncommissioned Officer.

 

Sergeant Major Frederick B. Douglass Award 

 

This award is named after the late Sergeant Major Frederick B. Douglass, USMC, who entered the Marine Corps in June of 1954 and spent the majority of his assignments in Marine Aviation. During service in Vietnam, Sergeant Major Douglass was awarded the flight/strike air medal with the numeral 22 and the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V. Sgt. Major Douglass died on October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon during the terrorist bombing of the battalion landing team headquarters. The Sgt. Major Douglass Award is presented to an enlisted Marine in an aviation element who has made a significant contribution to increased combat readiness.

 

 

Sergeant Jan W. Kamphuis, USMC

 

For outstanding contributions to combat readiness while serving as Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team Leader, Marine Air Traffic Control Detachment B, Marine Air Control Squadron 2, Marine Air Traffic Control Group 28 from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014. During this period, Sergeant Kamphuis provided air traffic control services to more than 2,500 flight operations with zero mishaps in support of Marine Corps Air Station New River tower in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Mountain Exercises 3-14 and 4-14 in Bridgeport California and weapons and tactics instructor course 1-15 in Yuma, Arizona. From January to May 2014, Sergeant Kamphuis skillfully led 25 Marines, juniors and seniors alike, in the safe execution of their duties. He supervised the training of over 50 Marines to become qualified controllers, and dhe aided in the training of 12 Marines to become Marine air traffic control mobile team members, providing direction to all team members in the safe execution of their missions. Sergeant Kamphuis’ managerial ability, personal initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

 

Sergeant Major Wilbur Bestwick Award

Named in honor of Sergeant Major Wilbur Bestwick the first Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, the award is presented to an enlisted Marine in a ground combat element of a Fleet Marine Force unit who has made a contribution to increased combat readiness. Sergeant Major Bestwick first served as a Sergeant Major in 1943. He served in combat with the 3rd Marine Division on Bougainville and Guam; and as a Sergeant Major of the 1st Division in Korea. In 1957 he was appointed to the newly created post of Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps and served in that capacity through 1959. Sergeant Major Bestwick died July 10, 1972.

 

Sergeant Paul E. Middaugh, USMC

For outstanding contribution to combat readiness while serving as a squad leader, 1st Platoon, Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, II Marine Expeditionary Force II (forward) and as the regimental gunner’s cadre chief instruction, Headquarters Company, 7t Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force from 1 January 2014 to 1 January 2015. As squad leader in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Sergeant Middaugh heroically displayed great courage as he immediately aided both a British soldier and Marine who were both injured by two separate improvised explosive devices. He also displayed great calm under fire by calling in both casualty reports to higher headquarters in a timely and accurate manner, which allowed for the rapid evacuation to the camp bastion hospital. During which, Sergeant Middaugh continued to command and control his squad as they engaged the enemy. He was the driving force behind the specialized training efforts from the cadre that enhanced combat readiness across the regiment. Sergeant Middaugh’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.

 

Career Planner of the Year Award

The recipient of the Career Planner of the Year Award must show exceptionally high qualifications and motivation in retaining and aiding the quality Marine to sustain his future career in the United States Marine Corps.

 

Staff Sergeant Lisa Marshall, USMC

While serving as Career Planner, Marine Special Operations School, U.S, Marine Corps, Special Operations Command from October 2013 to September 2014. Staff Sergeant Marshall’s earnest work ethic and effective counseling ability immeasurable aided the Marine Special Operations schools ability to perform its mission. Staff Sergeant Marshall worked closely with permanent staff and the recruiting and screening section to ensure all qualified Marines were properly submitted for retention and follow-on schools. Staff Sergeant Marshall’s professionalism was above reproach as she ensured all Marines attending assessment and selection and individual training courses had their retention needs and desires met. Staff Sergeant Marshall also devoted her time to re-classing 39 Marines who did not successfully complete training, making the process fluid and seamless. By her noteworthy accomplishments, perseverance and devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant Marshall reflected credit upon herself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

 

Chief Hospital Corpsman George W. “Doc” Piercy Award

Named after the late George William “Doc” Piercy who enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1961 and who spent more than 15 of his 18 years of Navy Corpsman duty assigned to Fleet Marine Force commands in combat, afloat and ashore. He served with the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions; Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic; aboard the USS Raleigh (LPD-1); at the Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia and at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. His last duty assignment was Battalion Medical Chief of Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines in Beirut, Lebanon. HMC “Doc” Piercy was killed on October 23, 1983 in the terrorist bombing of the Marine headquarters. This award is presented to a U.S. Navy Corpsman or Dental Technician who, while serving with an FMF unit, has made an outstanding contribution to increased medical combat readiness within the organization.

 

HM2 Robert M. Oldfield, USN

For meritorious service while serving as the Field Medical Training Battalion-East Field Medical Service Technician (FMST) instructor from January 2014 to December 2014. Petty Officer Oldfield consistently performed his demanding duties in a highly exemplary and professional manner resulting in superb mentorship, training and development of 580 sailors in the classroom and field environment with force-wide impact on Navy and Marine Corps operations commands. He effectively led his sailors during forced marches, all aspects of field training, live fire exercises, simulation laboratory scenarios and conducted 500 formal classroom instruction periods totaling 1200 hours of training resulting in the flawless execution of 21 training evolutions. His leadership efforts resulted in four honor graduates, two “top dog” and one “super dog” awards. Additionally, he provided 600 combined hours of Marine Corps martial arts program training to 80 students with 100% success rate and zero injuries. Petty Officer Oldfield’s outstanding leadership, initiative, and dedication to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

 

Combat Instructor of the Year Award

This award goes to an enlisted Marine for service as a Combat Instructor training entry level Marines in infantry skills essential to successfully operate in a combat environment.

 

Staff Sergeant Wadedale A. Keller, USMC

 For meritorious service in the superior performance of his duties and selection as the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ fiscal year 14 Marine Combat Instructor of the Year while serving as machinegun instructor, infantry training battalion, School of Infantry-East, Training Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from October 2013 to September 2014. During this period Sergeant Keller performed his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. His unwavering work ethic, both as an individual and team instructor, along with his commitment to the Marines under his charge, resulted in the training of more than 400 entry-level Marines and the safe execution of more than 70 live-fire ranges. Sergeant Keller’s teaching and technical expertise enabled him to influence the Marines he trained, leading to the accomplishment of the battalion’s mission. By his enthusiasm, professionalism, and unwavering devotion to duty, Sergeant Keller upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

 

 Congratulations and Semper Fi!