R 131915Z DEC 22
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC PPO PO WASHINGTON DC//
SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF CY 2022 SERGEANT JAMES HORSE COLLAR SMITH MARINE SPECIAL OPERATIONS CAPABILITIES SPECIALIST 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(AT)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 2022 Sergeant James Horse Collar Smith award for the special operations capabilities specialist of the year selection board and solicits nominations from within United States Marine Forces, Special Operations Command per ref a. the Horse Collar Smith award is an award presented annually in memory of Sergeant James Horse Collar Smith, USMC, two time Silver Star recipient for his actions as a Marine Raider during World War II in the Pacific in 1942, to recognize the Enlisted Marine SNCO/NCO who best exemplifies outstanding leadership as a Special Operations Capabilities Specialist (SOCS) in the special operations community. The Commander, United States Marine Forces, Special Operations Command will convene a board to recommend a nominee to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC).
2.a. Per ref (a), Commanders will use the following criteria to submit nominations:
2.a.1. Nominees must be an Enlisted Marine serving on active duty as a Special Operations Capabilities Specialist (SOCS) during the period of eligibility.
2.a.2. Previous recipients are ineligible to be re-nominated. Marines 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 marine nominated would meet all eligibility and award criteria within para (3) of ref (a).
2.a.4. Nominees should be recognized by Seniors, Contemporaries, and subordinates as a Marine who has made a significant contribution to the Command during the past year and epitomized the quintessential SOCS.
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 SOCS seek to emulate.
2.a.8. The award period covers CY 2022. Actions included in each nomination must have occurred during CY 2022.
3. Execution: COMMARFORSOC will accept nominations from across the Service and Joint Force (where the Marine Special Operations Capabilities Specialist 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 of 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 address. 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 POC’s listed above.
6. Release authorized by MajGen Roger B. Turner, Director, Operations Division, Plans, Policies, and Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.//