2012 AMERICAN LEGION SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD

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SUBJ: 2012 AMERICAN LEGION SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD UNCLASSIFIED/ FM CNO 
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SUBJ/2012 AMERICAN LEGION SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD// POC/TODD 
MARTIN/MR./NAVCO/LOC: MILLINGTON, TN/TEL:(901) 874-5805/ 
EMAIL:TODD.MARTIN(AT)NAVY.MIL//



RMKS/1. FOR THE TWELFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, THE AMERICAN LEGION WILL PRESENT ITS 
SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD TO AN ENLISTED MEMBER FROM EACH BRANCH OF THE ARMED 
FORCES. THE AWARD WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE NATIONAL COMMANDER, FANG A. WONG, 
AT THE LEGION'S NATIONAL CONVENTION IN INDIANAPOLIS 25-29 AUGUST 2012.

2. ELIGIBILITY. NOMINEES MUST BE E-5 OR BELOW, MAY BE ACTIVE OR RESERVE, AND 
MUST BE OUTSTANDING MILITARY PROFESSIONALS. THE MAIN CRITERIA OF THE AWARD IS 
THE LEVEL OF OFF-DUTY, VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY SERVICE. EXAMPLES INCLUDE BUT ARE 
NOT LIMITED TO READING TO CHILDREN AT A SCHOOL, WORKING IN A HOMELESS OR 
ANIMAL SHELTER, ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY EFFORTS OR TUTORING SHIPMATES IN THEIR PURSUIT 
OF HIGHER EDUCATION.
THERE IS NO PERIODICITY OF THE AWARD, AND LONGEVITY OF VOLUNTEER EFFORTS IS 
DESIRED. PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THIS AWARD ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.
IF CHOSEN AS THE RECIPIENT, THE AWARDEE MUST ATTEND THE CONVENTION.

3. TRAVEL AND LODGING. WITHIN CONUS, THE AMERICAN LEGION WILL PROVIDE ALL 
TRAVEL AND LODGING EXPENSES. FOR OCONUS, THE AMERICAN LEGION WILL PROVIDE 
TRAVEL AND LODGING FROM THE POINT OF CONUS ENTRY/DEPARTURE.
AS REPRESENTATION AT THE AMERICAN LEGION'S NATIONAL CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS THE 
PROFESSIONALISM OF THE NAVY, COMMANDS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT 
POSSIBLE TO FACILITATE ATTENDANCE, TO INCLUDE PERMISSIVE/NO-COST TAD ORDERS.

4. NOMINATIONS. NOMINATION PACKAGES MUST CONTAIN THREE ELEMENTS:
THE COMMANDING OFFICER'S (CO) NOMINATION, A DESCRIPTION OF THE  VOLUNTEER 
SERVICE PERFORMED AND A BIOGRAPHY OF THE SAILOR.
A. CO NOMINATION. CO'S MAY NOMINATE ONE SAILOR FROM THEIR COMMAND.
NOMINATIONS MUST BE ON COMMAND LETTERHEAD AND INDICATE THE CO'S CONFIDENCE IN 
THE SAILOR'S PROFESSIONALISM AND AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE NAVY, VALIDITY OF 
THE VOLUNTEER EFFORTS, AND WILLINGNESS TO FACILITATE THEIR NOMINEE'S 
ATTENDANCE AT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION, IF SELECTED. ENDORSEMENTS ARE NOT 
REQUIRED.
B. VOLUNTEER EFFORTS. DESCRIPTION OF VOLUNTEER EFFORTS MUST INCLUDE 
QUANTITATIVE DATA SUCH AS HOURS, DAYS, MONTHS, OR YEARS SPENT VOLUNTEERING. 
QUALITATIVE HIGHLIGHTS MAY ALSO BE PROVIDED THAT  PRESENT ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE 
OR IMPACT UPON A COMMUNITY. EXAMPLES INCLUDE  NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, LETTERS OF 
THANKS, OR OTHER RECOGNITION. THIS DESCRIPTION  MAY BE PROVIDED IN EITHER 
NARRATIVE OR BULLET FORMAT.
C. NOMINEE BIOGRAPHY. IF CHOSEN AS THE AWARD RECIPIENT, THE BIOGRAPHY  WILL BE 
USED IN THE LEGION'S MAGAZINE AND CONVENTION PROGRAM. THE  BIOGRAPHY SHOULD 
INCLUDE HOMETOWN INFORMATION AS WELL AS PROFESSIONAL  HIGHLIGHTS AND 
QUALIFICATIONS, BUT SHOULD FOCUS ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE. A  HIGH-RESOLUTION 
PHOTO SHOULD ALSO BE INCLUDED FOR USE IN THE PUBLICATIONS. THE  BIOGRAPHY AND 
PHOTO SHOULD BE SIMILAR TO THOSE COMMONLY ASSOCIATED WITH CO BIOGRAPHIES. 
ALTERNATIVELY, THE PICTURE MAY BE OF THE SAILOR  PERFORMING VOLUNTEER WORK.

5. NOMINATION SUBMISSION. NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 27 APRIL IN ORDER TO 
MEET THE LEGION'S DEADLINE. NOMINATIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY 
(PREFERRED) TO THE POC OR HARD COPY TO THE FOLLOWING
ADDRESS:
NAVY OFFICE OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH
ATTN: SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD
5722 INTEGRITY DRIVE
MILLINGTON, TN 38054-5045

6. SELECTION PROCESS. NAVCO WILL CONSOLIDATE ALL NOMINATIONS,  ORGANIZE A 
RANKING BOARD AND PROVIDE A SUMMARY TO THE MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER  OF THE 
NAVY (MCPON). MCPON WILL MAKE THE FINAL SELECTION AND NOTIFY THE RECIPIENT. 
NAVCO WILL NOTIFY THOSE NOT SELECTED.

7. RELEASED BY VADM J. M. BIRD, DIRECTOR, NAVY STAFF.//

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