AWARDS UPDATE

Date Signed: 8/21/2009
MARADMINS Active Number: 0514/09

R 180933Z AUG 09
UNCLASSIFIED//
MARADMIN 0514/09
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MM//
SUBJ/AWARDS UPDATE//
REF/A/MSGID:DOC/CMC MMMA/13APR2009//
REF/B/MSGID:DOC/DOD/13AUG1996//
REF/C/MSGID:DOC/SECNAV/22AUG2006//
NARR/REF A IS NAVMC 2922, MARINE CORPS UNIT AWARDS MANUAL. REF B IS DOD 1348.33M, MANUAL OF MILITARY DECORATIONS AND AWARDS. REF C IS SECNAVINST 1650.1H, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS MANUAL.//
POC/J.A. WHITEN/SSGT/HQMC MMMA/-/TEL:703-784-9206 /EMAIL:JOVAN.WHITEN@.USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. THE PURPOSE OF THIS MARADMIN IS TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE OF AWARDS SINCE THE LAST UPDATE, MARADMIN 250/09.
2. THE FOLLOWING UNIT AWARDS ARE AUTHORIZED AND ARE INCORPORATED IN REF A.
A. JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD (JMUA)
(1) HQ, UNITED STATES EUROPEAN COMMAND (USECOM),
VAIHINGEN, GERMANY                                    01JAN07-30SEP08
(MOD TO MARADMIN 250/09) ADDITIONAL UNIT FOR INCLUSION:
HQ SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND EUROPE, VAIHINGEN, GERMANY INTELLIGENCE DIRECTORATE (J-2) HQ, USEUCOM SHAPE SURVEY SECTION, SHAPE, BELGIUM SPASAC DIVISION, SHAPE, BELGIUM JOINT ANALYSIS CENTER, MOLESWORTH, ENGLAND STANDING JOINT FORCE HQ, VAIHINGEN, GERMANY PROTECTIVE SERVICE DETACHMENT, VAIHINGEN, GERMANY ALL USECOM OFFICES OF DEFENSE COOPERATION AND SECURITY ASSISTANCE OFFICES
B. NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION
(1) MARINE CORPS RECRUITING COMMAND                   01OCT06-30SEP07
(MOD TO MARADMIN 060/08) ADDITIONAL CIVILIAN PERSONNEL FOR INCLUSION:
CLIFFORD MYERS           2061  WILBERT SIMMONS           6499
LISA BOTUCHIS            6388  TERRI CROOK               1418
MINERVA EDWARDS          9042  NYMIA JAVIER              5704
ADAM DURHAM              1854  ROSE SCHUH                1611
TROY JOHNSON             9179  JEANIE RAZO               0178
KERRY BOOKER             6103  THAD JOHNSON              0481
NOEL WOOD                2951  LEON ATKINS               3814
DANIEL SMITH             2974  MIKE WARD                 0252
KHADIJA BASIR            8698  DOROTHY STEWART           5669
MARCELLA JUSTINICH       1994  MYRNA BROWN               4568
RONALD BRUNDIGE          7667  MARIA GARCIA              7980
LORA JOHNSON             5845  ANDREW SMELCO             9232
BRUCE HIDAKA-GORDON      4569  JAMES MAISANO             3582
JAMES MACFARLANE         5180  LORRIE GLICK              3761
FRANCES KIRSTEN          7819 
(2) I MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORWARD)            28FEB06-09FEB07
(MOD TO MARADMIN 320/09)
ADDITIONAL UNIT FOR INCLUSION:
1ST BN, 6TH MAR, 2D MARDIV
3D BN, 8TH MAR, 2D MARDIV
BATTERY C, 1STBN, 10TH MAR , 2D MARDIV
BATTERY L, 3D BN, 12 MAR, 1ST MARDIV
C. MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION
(1) MARINE TILTROTOR TEST AND EVALUATION SQUADRON 22  01MAY06-01MAY09
D. COAST GUARD MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION
(1) MARINE TRANSPORT SQUADRON 1                       01JAN05-01JUL08
ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL APPROVED FOR INCLUSION:
SGT KRISTOPHER D. ALBEE   8249  SGT CHRISTOPHER O. PIERCE  6177
SSGT TONY ALLEN JR        3636  SGT BRANDON P. PRATT       8770
CPL ROBERT D. ANDERSON    0744  LCPL THOMAS J. PURDY       6922
SSGT PHILIP E. BALDRIDGE  1403  SGT RODOLFO RAMOS          0886
PFC JACLYN B. BALTAZAR    7482  MAJ WADE M. REINTHALER     6376
SGT JEFFREY D. BARLOW     6699  SGTMAJ WILLIAM C. RICE     0738
MAJ DONALD A. BARNETT     4697  CPL RYE RIDINGER           3348
CAPT NOAH R. BENGUR       1893  MAJ JACQUES A. ROGERS      6565
SGT JEAMS H. BENNETT      9309  SSGT KEVIN L. ROLLISON     3737
CIV WILLIAM C. BENTON     0080  SGT JASON T. RUNION        4033
SSGT WILLIAM E. BOWN      0144  LCPL MICHAEL A. SAHAGUN    1863
SGT BRAIN W. BRETON       7114  CAPT BRAIN P. SANTUCCI     9866
SSGT CLARENCE A. BREWER   9830  CPL LEVI B. SHEATS         8295
LCPL BRANDON J. BROWN     4245  GYSGT JOSEPH SHEPARD JR    3154
CPL JEFFERAY M. BROWN     0909  LCPL COURTNEY T. SHEPHERD  7097
CPL KADIAN E. BURNS       9526  SGT JOSHUA K. SHIRLEY      7619
SSGT HARRY C. CALDWELL    0496  CPL RUSTY L. SIMS          8917
GYSGT BRAIN CANDIA        9946  MAJ ANDREW Q. SMITH        6579
SGT JOSEPH M. CAPAROLA    3332  SGT BRIAN D. SMITH         1589
CPL AARON J. CARNAHAN     0978  LCPL LEE N. SMITH          3473
SSGT SAMUEL P. CARNES JR  5255  CIV RONALD C. SMITH        5125
CPL CALVIN E. CHANDLER    9523  CPL RODNEY L. SNYDER III   3679
MAJ ADAM C. COE           4843  MAJ RODELL A. SPAKE        3763
1STLT JARVIS L. CONIC     1558  CPL CHRISTOPHER STALTER    4586
LCPL DAKOTA S. COON       5646  SGT JOEL G. STEINMETZ      3346
SSGT FAIRRON J.COTSAMIRE  8013  MSGT BRAIN S. STENBERG     5302
SSGT DENNIS K. CREAMER    6582  SGT DANIEL R. STEVENS      3951
SGT WESLEY M. CROCKER     6055  SGT SAMUEL STEVENS JR      2005
SGT STEVE W. CROCKER II   6062  SGT JOHN S. STEWART IV     5594
LCPL JOHN H. CROCKETT     8928  SSGT TIMOTHY G. STICKEL    0730
SSGT SHELDON R. CROLEY    0254  SGT FRANK J. SZAPPANOS JR  8572
SGT JEREMY M. CURCIO      5966  GYSGT JANSEN L. TEAGUE     6485
SSGT ANDERSON P. DACOSTA  8619  SSGT ERIC W. TEWS          0079
MAJ DEVIN C. DELL         1226  LCPL ROBERT A. TIMMONS     8235
MAJ LANCE S. DORMAN       7118  SGT BRETT M. VAUGHAN       7573
LCPL DAVID J. EARHART     1391  PFC STEPHEN M. VIRGIL      6507
SSGT SHON V. EDMONS       6517  SGT PHOSIKEO VONGSALASINH  4445
SGT AARON D. EDWARDS      8201  SGT STEPHEN M. WATTS       7773
CPL DAVIN S. ERICKSON     5597  SSGT MICHAEL K. WARD       8918
SGT MICHAEL L. FALZONE JR 8000  SGT NEIL J. WARD           4557
LCPL JAIME P. FLORES      2635  LTCOL ERIC S. WEISSBERGER  6299
MAJ DAVID L. FORRESTER    4074  CPL JESSICA M. WELLS       0565
SGT NATHAN W. PENCE       0947  SSGT JOHN E. WELLS         1370
GYSGT ERIC PERRY          6568  SGT  BENJAMIN G. WHALEN    8976
3. MILITARY OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL (MOVSM). THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED TO CLARIFY THE EXISTING CRITERION OUTLINED IN REF C IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT UNIT COMMANDERS ADJUDICATE THE MOVSM UNIFORMLY THROUGHOUT THE MARINE CORPS. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FACTOR TO NOTE WITH THE MOVSM IS THAT THIS IS A SERVICE AWARD, NOT A PERSONAL AWARD, ESTABLISHED BY THE DOD.
A. SOME COMMANDS HAVE QUESTIONED THE STATEMENT IN REF C THAT 'THERE IS NO SPECIFIC TIME PERIOD TO QUALIFY FOR THE MOVSM.' THIS STATEMENT REFERS TO THE FACT THAT THE AUTHORIZING EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR THIS DOD AWARD ALLOWS EACH INDIVIDUAL SERVICE TO DETERMINE THE SUSTAINED PERIOD FOR AWARDING THE MOVSM. HOWEVER, FOR MARINE CORPS AND NAVY PERSONNEL, THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY HAS ESTABLISHED A MINIMUM PERIOD OF SUSTAINED OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE BY INCLUSION OF THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE: 'THE DON VIEWS THE SUSTAINED TIME PERIOD TO BE THREE YEARS.' THEREFORE, COMMANDERS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO APPROVE THE MOVSM IN CASES WHERE THE MARINE HAS NOT COMPLETED A MINIMUM SUSTAINED PERIOD OF OUTSTANDING VOLUNTARY SERVICE OF THREE YEARS.
B. COMMANDERS MAY ISSUE A LETTER OF CONTINUITY TO MARINES WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE MINIMUM PERIOD OF THREE YEARS OF SUSTAINED OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE PRIOR OF TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER COMMAND. THAT ALLOWS THE GAINING COMMANDER TO INCLUDE THE PREVIOUS PERIOD IF THE MARINE CONTINUES THE SAME OUTSTANDING VOLUNTARY SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AT THE NEW COMMAND.
C. ADDITIONALLY, COMMANDERS MUST ENSURE THAT THE VOLUNTARY SERVICE TO BE RECOGNIZED IS PROVIDED TO THE COMMUNITY, IS VOLUNTARY IN NATURE, AND HAS NO DISCERNIBLE NEXUS TO A MILITARY MISSION. ACTIVITIES PERFORMED IN THE CAPACITY AS A U.S. MARINE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES AND ARE CONSIDERED A MILITARY MISSION WHETHER OR NOT THAT INDIVIDUAL OR THE UNIT WAS SPECIFICALLY TASKED. THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO TOYS-FOR-TOTS, FUNERAL DETAIL, COLOR GUARD, OR OTHER MARINE CORPS SPONSORED/RUN EVENTS.
4. FMF COMBAT OPERATION INSIGNIA: THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED TO CLARIFY THE GUIDANCE IN CHAPTER 1, ARTICLE 123 OF REF C.
A. THE FMF COMBAT OPERATION INSIGNIA IS A MINIATURE BRONZE MARINE CORPS EMBLEM THAT MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR BY U.S. NAVY PERSONNEL ATTACHED TO AND OPERATING WITH UNITS OF THE MARINE CORPS OPERATING FORCES, OR BY NAVY PERSONNEL ATTACHED TO NAVY UNITS OPERATING WITH UNITS OF THE MARINE CORPS OPERATING FORCES AND UNDER MARINE CORPS OPERATIONAL CONTROL. IT IS A RESTRICTED DEVICE; ATTACHMENT TO OPERATIONS WITH A MARINE CORPS UNIT IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO ESTABLISH ELIGIBILITY. BOTH MARINE CORPS UNIT AND THE INDIVIDUAL MUST HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN ACTIVE COMBAT ACTION WITH AN ARMED ENEMY DURING THE PERIOD OF THE INDIVIDUAL'S SERVICE WITH THE UNIT. (NOTE: PRIOR TO PUBLICATION OF REF C, THE CRITERIA FOR THE FMF COMBAT OPERATION INSIGNIA WAS ONLY THAT THE MARINE CORPS UNIT TO WHICH THE NAVY PERSONNEL WERE ATTACHED MUST HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN ACTUAL COMBAT. THERE WAS NO REQUIREMENT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL NAVY PERSONNEL TO ALSO HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN THE COMBAT ACTION. AUTHORIZATIONS TO WEAR THE FMF COMBAT OPERATION INSIGNIA MADE BY COMMANDERS PRIOR TO 22 AUGUST 2006 REMAIN VALID EVEN IF THE INDIVIDUAL NAVY PERSONNEL WERE NOT ENGAGED IN THE COMBAT ACTION.) B. UNIT COMMANDERS OF NAVY PERSONNEL WHO MEET THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA TO WEAR THIS INSIGNIA MUST ENSURE THAT THEIR NAMES ARE FORWARDED TO THE INDIVIDUAL'S PERSONNEL SUPPORT DETACHMENT (PSD) RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING THEIR PERSONNEL RECORDS, UNDER A COVER LETTER PROVIDING AUTHORIZATION FOR THE INSIGNIA. QUESTIONS REGARDING ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA SHOULD BE ADDRESSED VIA MARINE CORPS CHAIN OF COMMAND TO THE HQMC MILITARY AWARDS BRANCH (MMMA), WHO IS THE FINAL AUTHORITY FOR ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA.
5. REF A WILL NO LONGER BE DISTRIBUTED. INSTEAD, REF A IS UPDATED QUARTERLY AND MAINTAINED ON THE INTERNET AT THE WWW.USMC.MIL WEBSITE.
6. RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY MR. C. F. SWAIN, DIRECTOR, MANPOWER MANAGEMENT DIVISION, (ACTING).//