2013 AMERICAN LEGION SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD

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SUBJ/2013 AMERICAN LEGION SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD// POC/TODD MARTIN/MR./NAVCO/LOC: 
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RMKS/1. FOR THE THIRTEENTH 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, MR. JAMES E. KOUTZ, AT THE LEGION'S 
NATIONAL CONVENTION IN HOUSTON, TX ON 23-29 AUGUST 2013.

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. NOMINEES SHOULD 
DEMONSTRATE SUSTAINED VOLUNTEER SERVICE. 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 OR DEPARTURE.

4. NOMINATIONS. NOMINATION PACKAGES MUST CONTAIN FOUR ELEMENTS:
A. COMMANDING OFFICER'S (CO) NOMINATION. COS 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'S SERVICE.
COS SHOULD ALSO INDICATE THEIR WILLINGNESS TO FACILITATE THEIR NOMINEE'S ATTENDANCE AT 
THE NATIONAL CONVENTION, IF SELECTED.
ENDORSEMENTS ARE NOT REQUIRED.
B. DESCRIPTION OF THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE PERFORMED. A 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 NARRATIVE OR BULLET 
FORMAT.
C. BIOGRAPHY OF THE SAILOR. 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.
D. HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOGRAPH. A HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTO SHOULD ALSO BE INCLUDED FOR USE 
IN AMERICAN LEGION 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 MAY 10,
2013 IN ORDER TO MEET THE LEGION'S DEADLINE. NOMINATIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED 
ELECTRONICALLY (PREFERRED) TO THE POC OR HARD COPY TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:
DIRECTOR
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 VICE ADMIRAL R. W. HUNT, DIRECTOR, NAVY STAFF.

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