MARADMINS : 556/15
R 051410Z NOV 15
MSGID/GENADMIN,USMTF,2007/CMC WASHINGTON DC C4(UC)/F002//
SUBJ/ SOLICITATION FOR THE MARINE CORPS COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS PROGRAM FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2015//
NARR/REF A IS MARINE CORPS ORDER 1650.50A, MARINE CORPS COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS PROGRAM (MCCAP).//
POC/NATHAN D. FAUGHT/MAJ/HQMC C4 CS/EMAIL: NATHAN.FAUGHT(AT)USMC.MIL/TEL: 703-693-8818//
POC/JERRY E. PEACOCK/MAJ/HQMC C4 CS/EMAIL: JERRY.E.PEACOCK(AT)USMC.MIL/TEL: 571-256-8825//
POC/JEAN B. PIJEAU/MSGT/HQMC C4 CS/EMAIL: JEAN.PIJEAU.HA(AT)USMC.MIL/TEL: 571-256-8839//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Situation. This MARADMIN announces the convening of the 2015 Communications Awards selection boards and solicits nominations from throughout the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps Communications Awards Program (MCCAP) is administered by the Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) and consists of six individual awards and one unit/organization award for communications and communications-electronics maintenance excellence. The Director, C4 will convene a board of senior field grade officers, senior enlisted marines, and civilian marines as appropriate on 9 February, 2016 to review nominations for final selection and announcement of winners.
2. Mission. Commands listed in table 1 of ref A will accept nomination packages from their subordinate commands and conduct a board to select and forward the best qualified packages, based on the quantities outlined therein, for each award category. Each nomination package will be endorsed by the commanding general of the MARFOR as listed in table 1. All units within the National Capital Region that are not listed in table 1 of ref A, or do not fall under MCICOM, may submit nominations directly to the HQMC C4 POCs.
3.A. Award Categories and Prerequisites. Nomination packages shall be submitted to HQMC C4 (CS) NLT 3 February, 2016 for the following award categories:
3.A.1. Alfred M. Gray Trophy. The Gray Trophy honors a Marine Corps Captain for outstanding leadership within the communications field. Nominees must be Marine Captains with the military occupational specialty (MOS) 0602 or serving in an 0602 billet. Nominees must have been on active duty in the Operating Forces (OPFOR) or Supporting Establishment (SE) during calendar year (CY) 2015.
3.A.2. James Hamilton Information Technology (IT) Management Civilian of the Year Award. The Hamilton Award recognizes a civilian Marine who performed special acts of noteworthy leadership and technological innovation to support their command in the area of information technology. Nominees must have been serving in one of the following target Office of Personnel Management occupational codes: 0390, 0391, 0392, 0394, 0850, 0854, 0855, 1410, 1411, 1412, 1550, 2203, 2204, 2210 or 2501 during CY 2015. Non-appropriated fund and pilot pay band employees are eligible. Contractors are not eligible.
3.A.3. PFC Herbert A. Littleton Enlisted Communications Awards. The Littleton Awards were created by the CMC in 2004 to honor both a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and a Staff Non-Commissioned Officer (SNCO) for operational communications excellence, and both an NCO and SNCO for electronics maintenance excellence. Nominees for the communications excellence awards must be Marine SNCOS or NCOS with the MOS 06xx or serving in 06xx billets. Nominees for the electronics maintenance excellence awards must be Marine SNCOS or NCOS with the MOS 28xx or serving in a 28xx billet. All nominees must have been on active duty in the OPFOR or SE during CY 2015.
3.A.4. LtCol Kevin M. Shea Memorial Unit Award. The Shea Award recognizes a communications or information technology unit or organization within the OPFOR or SE that has distinguished itself by making outstanding contributions to the development or advancement of concepts, doctrine, technology, or procedures that improve Marine Corps C4. Units must also demonstrate continual resourcefulness and responsiveness while supporting the warfighter in a tactical, operational, or strategic environment. Nominated units or organizations can be any communications battalion, squadron, company, platoon, detachment, branch, etc, within the OPFOR or SE, active or reserve. The primary duties of the unit or organization must be communications or information technology and nominee’s actions must have taken place in CY 2015.
3.B. Evaluation Criteria.
3.B.1. Actions included in each nomination must have occurred within the period of eligibility (January-December 2015).
3.B.2. With the exception of the LtCol Kevin M. Shea Award, previous award winners are not eligible for the same award, but previous nominees remain eligible.
3.B.3. Individual Marine nominees submitted for the Gray Trophy and Littleton Awards will be evaluated using the following categories: C2 experience, leadership, performance, and support of the C4 community. Format of the nomination package can be found in reference A.
3.B.4. Individual civilian Marine nominees submitted for the Hamilton Award will be evaluated using the following categories: leadership, technological innovation and support of their command in the area of IT. Format of the nomination package can be found in reference A.
3.B.5. All units/organizations submitted for the Shea Award will be evaluated using the following categories: significant operations/accomplishments, contributions to the Marine Corps C4 community, readiness, esprit de corps, and resourcefulness or responsiveness while supporting the warfighter. Format of the nomination package can be found in reference A.
4. Administration and Logistics.
4.A. HQMC C4 (CS) will process the nomination packages. Packages may be submitted hard copy via mail or via email. Email is the preferred method of nomination submission. Packages must be received by HQMC C4 (CS) NLT 3 February, 2016 to be considered.
4.A.1. Mailing address for nomination packages is: Commandant of the Marine Corps, HQMC C4 (CS), (Attn: C4 Awards), 3000 Marine Corps Pentagon, Rm 1D247, 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. Award winners will be notified via MARADMIN in late February 2016. Awards will be presented at the C4 Awards Dinner on 21 April 2016.
5. Command and Signal.
5.A. This MARADMIN is applicable to the Marine Corps Total Force.
5.B. Ensure widest dissemination of the contents of this message.
5.C. Questions regarding this MARADMIN should be directed to the POCs.
6. Release authorized by Col D. A. Crall, Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers, Chief Information Officer of the Marine Corps.//