R 301615Z MAR 17
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/DNS/MAR//
SUBJ/2017 AMERICAN LEGION SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD//
POC/JAMES ADAMS/LT/NAVCO/LOC: MILLINGTON, TN/TEL:(901) 874-5882/
RMKS/1. The American Legion will present its Spirit of Service Award to an
enlisted member (E-5 and below) from each branch of the Armed Forces. The
award, given since 2000, will be presented by the National Commander, Charles
Schmidt, on stage at the Legion's national convention in Reno, NV. 18-24
2. Eligibility. The main criterion of the award is the level of volunteer
community service that a Sailor performs off-duty in the local community.
The period of service is 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016, and nominees must
be E-5 or below during the period of service. Nominees may be active or
reserve, and must be outstanding military professionals. Previous winners of
this award are not eligible. If chosen as the recipient, the awardee must
attend the American Legion national convention.
3. Travel and lodging. Within CONUS, the American Legion will provide
travel and lodging expenses for the individual winner only. The winner is
responsible for travel expenses for family members or guests. The winner
will arrive at the convention hotel on Saturday, 19 August, and depart
Wednesday, 23 August.
4. Nominations. Nomination packages must contain the Commanding Officer's
(CO) nomination, a description of the volunteer service performed, a
biography of the Sailor, a high-resolution JPEG head or full body photograph
of the Sailor and a signed consent for release of information.
a. Commanding Officer 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, the validity of the volunteer efforts and a commitment 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, or months spent on off-duty volunteer
community service. This description should be provided in a bullet format.
c. Nominee photo. A high-resolution JPEG head or full body
photograph of the Sailor is required.
d. 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
e. Signed consent for release of information. A written and signed
statement of consent by the Sailor, authorizing release of information
contained in the nomination, is required per the Privacy Act of 1974. The
following statement is a sample of written consent:
"I, (rate/rank/full name), do hereby authorize the release of all information
enclosed in this nomination package to those persons involved in the
5. Nomination submission. Nominations must be received by 19 May 2017.
Nominations must be submitted electronically to james.f.adams(AT)navy.mil.
6. Selection process. The Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) will
consolidate all nominations, organize a ranking board, and recommend the top
candidates to the American Legion, which will make the selection. NAVCO will
inform the winner and also notify those not selected.
7. Released by VADM J. G. Foggo, Director, Navy Staff.//