R 171554Z OCT 2019
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC PPO (UC)/F002//
SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CALENDAR YEAR (CY) 2019 LEFTWICH TROPHY FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP SELECTION BOARD//
AMPN/REF A IS MCO 1650.60, MARINE CORPS GROUND AWARDS PROGRAM//
POC/E.A. BENSON/CIV/UNIT: PPO POG/-/TEL: (703)692-4303/EMAIL: EUGENE.A.BENSON@USMC.MIL//
POC/D.J.HART/LTCOL/UNIT: PPO POG/-/TEL: (703)614-4300/EMAIL: DAVID.J.HART@USMC.MIL//
POC/M.P.PAIGE/MAJ/UNIT: PPO POG/-/TEL: (703)692-4290/EMAIL: MARK.PAIGE@USMC.MIL//
POC/T.J.VELDING/CAPT/UNIT: PPO POG/-/TEL: (703)692-4292/EMAIL: TAMARA.VELDING@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Situation. This MARADMIN announces the convening of the 2019 Leftwich Trophy for Outstanding Leadership selection board and solicits nominations from throughout the Marine Corps. The Leftwich Trophy for Outstanding Leadership is an award presented annually in memory of Navy Cross recipient Lieutenant Colonel William G. Leftwich, U.S. Marine Corps, killed in action in the republic of Vietnam on 18 November 1970. The Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies, and Operations (DC, PP&O) will convene a board of senior field grade officers on 9 March, 2020 to review nominations and forward recommendations to the Commandant of the Marine Corps for final selection and announcement of the winner.
2. Mission. IAW Ref A, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (COMMARFORCOM); Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific (COMMARFORPAC); and Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve (COMMARFORRES) shall nominate eligible officers for the 2019 Leftwich Trophy for Outstanding Leadership, and submit nomination packages to DC, PP&O NLT 28 February, 2020.
3.a. Prerequisites. Per the Ref, commanders will use the following prerequisites to submit nominations:
3.a.1. Actions included in each nomination must have occurred within the period of eligibility (January-December 2019).
3.a.2. Nominees must be Marine Captains in the ground combat arms community serving on active duty as a company or battery commander within the ground combat element of the operating force during the period of eligibility.
3.a.3. Nominees must not be previous recipients of the Leftwich Trophy. Officers previously nominated but not selected are eligible for subsequent nominations if they still meet award criteria.
3.a.4. Nominations may be submitted posthumously, provided the officer nominated would meet eligibility and award criteria in Para 4 of the Ref.
3.a.5. Nominees should be recognized by seniors, contemporaries, and subordinates as officers who most exemplify outstanding combat arms leadership.
3.a.6. Nominees must clearly and distinguishably demonstrate the ideals of courage, resourcefulness, perseverance, and concern for the well-being of the corps and their fellow Marines.
3.a.7. Nominees must have exhibited qualities that have made an outstanding contribution to the development of esprit de corps and loyalty within their units.
3.a.8. Nominees, through personal example, must set the standard that all other officers seek to emulate.
3.b.1. COMMARFORCOM and COMMARFORPAC shall nominate two (2) officers from each MEF and COMMARFORRES may nominate two (2) officers that have met award eligibility criteria outlined in para 3.a. and in the ref during the eligibility period.
3.b.2. Commanders shall submit nominations NLT 28 February, 2020 to DC, PP&O.
3.b.3. Nominations will consist of the following:
3.b.3.a. Official photograph in Service ‘C’ uniform taken within six (6) months of the board date. If forward deployed, photo in Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform without blouse is authorized.
3.b.3.b. Biographical information of the nominee.
3.b.3.c. Summary of performance during the eligibility period supporting the nominee's qualifications for the award.
4. Administration and logistics.
4.a. DC, PP&O (POG) will process the nomination packages. Packages will include the nominating unit's address, point of contact, and phone number (Comm and DSN). Packages may be submitted hard copy via mail or via email by Commanders identified in Para 3.b.1. Packages must be received by DC, PP&O (POG) NLT 28 February, 2020 to be considered.
4.a.1. Mailing address for nomination packages is: Commandant of the Marine Corps, HQMC PP&O (POG) (Room 4A480), (Attn: Mr. Gene Benson), 3000 Marine Corps Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350-3000.
4.a.2. Nomination packages submitted via email must be sent to all message POCs listed above.
4.a.2.a. Submit package as a .pdf file. Ensure entire package is legible after scanning.
4.a.2.b. Official photo may be submitted as a separate file (e.g. .jpg file).
4.b. Nomination packages for deployed officers should be routed through the officer's permanent administrative chain of command.
5. Command and Signal.
5.a. This MARADMIN is applicable to the total force.
5.b. Ensure widest dissemination of the contents of this msg.
5.c. Direct all questions regarding this MARADMIN to the POCs listed above.
6. Release authorized by BGen Stephen E. Liszewski, Director of Operations for Plans, Policies, and Operations.//