R 262207Z FEB 15 PSN 757738H37
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/2015 AMERICAN LEGION SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/DNS/FEB//
POC/TODD MARTIN/MR./NAVCO/LOC: MILLINGTON, TN/TEL:(901) 874-5805/
RMKS/1. For the 15th consecutive year, the American Legion will present its
Spirit of Service Award, which recognizes outstanding volunteer community
service, to an enlisted member from each branch of the Armed Forces. The
award will be presented by the National Commander, Michael Helm, at the
American Legion's national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, 28 August - 3
2. Eligibility. Nominees must be E-5 or below, may be active or reserve,
and must be outstanding military professionals. The main criterion of the
award is the level of off-duty, volunteer community service that the Sailor
performed within calendar year (CY) 2014. Previous winners of this award are
not eligible. If chosen as the recipient, the awardee is expected to attend
3. Travel and lodging. Within CONUS, the American Legion will provide
travel and lodging expenses for the individual winner only.
4. Nominations. Nomination packages must contain four elements: the
Commanding Officer's (CO) nomination; a description of the volunteer service
performed during CY 2014; a biography of the Sailor; and a high resolution
photograph 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 during CY 2014; 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 during CY
2014 must include quantitative data such as hours, days, or months spent on
off duty volunteer community service. 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 American Legion's magazine and convention program. The
biography should include hometown information as well as professional
highlights and qualifications.
d. High-resolution photograph. A photo must also be included for use in
the publications. The biography and photo should be similar to those
commonly associated with CO biographies.
5. Nomination submission. Nominations must be received by 30 April 2015 to
meet the Legion's deadline. Nominations may be submitted electronically
(preferred) to the point of contact or hard copy to the following address:
Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO)
Attn: Spirit of Service Award
5722 Integrity Drive (456-3)
Millington, TN 38054-5045
6. Selection process. 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
7. Released by Vice Admiral S. H. Swift, Director, Navy Staff.//