R 131900Z DEC 22
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC PPO PO WASHINGTON DC//
SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF CY 2022 DOUGLAS A. ZEMBIEC SPECIAL OPERATIONS OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD//
REF/A/DOC/MCO 1650.60/YMD: 20180930//
AMPN/REF A IS MCO 1650.60 MARINE CORPS GROUND AWARDS PROGRAM.//
POC/J.L. SMITH/LTCOL/UNIT: PPO POF (SOF)/-/TEL: COMM (703) 692-4320/EMAIL: JASON.SMITH@USMC.MIL//
POC/A.J. GUISAO/MGYSGT/UNIT: PPO POF (SOF)/-/TEL: COMM (703) 697-2959/EMAIL: ANTHONY.GUISAO@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Situation: This MARADMIN announces the convening of the 2022 Douglas A. Zembiec award for Outstanding Leadership in special operations selection board, and solicits nominations per ref a. the Zembiec award is an award presented annually in memory of Major Douglas A. Zembiec, U.S. Marine Corps, killed in action in Iraq, 2007. The Commander, United States Marine Forces, Special Operations Command will convene a board of Senior Field Grade Officers to recommend an officer to the Commandant of the Marine Corps for selection.
2.a. Per ref (a), Commanders will use the following criteria to submit nominations:
2.a.1. Nominee must be on active duty as a MARSOC Special Operations Officer (SOO) Team Commander during 2022.
2.a.2. Previous recipients are ineligible to be re-nominated. Officers previously nominated but not selected are eligible for subsequent nominations if they still meet all award criteria.
2.a.3. Nominations may be submitted posthumously, provided the officer nominated would meet all eligibility and award criteria in para (3) of ref (a).
2.a.4. Nominees should be recognized by Seniors, Contemporaries, and subordinates as officers who most exemplify outstanding leadership and tactical acumen in the Marine Special Operations community.
2.a.5. Nominees must clearly and dramatically demonstrate the ideals of courage, resourcefulness, perseverance, and concern for the well-being of the special operations community, our corps, and their fellow Marines.
2.a.6. Nominees must exhibit qualities that have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Esprit De Corps, tactical and technical competence, and loyalty within the Special Operation Forces community.
2.a.7. Nominees, through personal example, must set the standards that all other officers seek to emulate.
2.a.8. The award period covers CY 2022. Actions included in each nomination package must have occurred within CY 2022.
3. Execution: COMMARFORSOC will accept nominations from across the Service and Joint Force (where marine special operation officers may be serving) and convene a board to select nominees using the eligibility and award criteria stated above, and specified in ref (a). COMMARFORSOC will submit the names of all nominees chosen by the board, to include the recommended award recipient to DC, PP&O / POF no later than 28 February 2023. Nominations will consist of the following:
3.a. Biographical information of the nominee.
3.b. Summary of performance supporting the nominee's qualifications for the award.
4. Administration and logistics:
4.a. CMC will select the award recipient. The packages submitted to CMC will include the nominee's unit address, point of contact, phone number (comm and dsn) and unclassified email. The packages shall be sent electronically via unclassified email to the POC’s indicated in this message.
4.b. This MARADMIN is not applicable to the Marine Corps Reserve.
5. Command and signal:
5.a. Ensure widest dissemination of the contents of this MSG.
5.b. Direct all questions regarding this MARADMIN to the POC’s listed above.
6. Release authorized by MajGen Roger B. Turner, Director, Operations Division, Plans, Policies, and Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.//