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is honoring six members of the military today with the 2013 GEICO

Military Service Award for their volunteer work to create a safer

environment for their fellow citizens in their local military and/or

civilian community.

GEICO chairman Tony Nicely is presenting the awards at a special

ceremony in Washington, D.C. “Now in its 26th year, the GEICO Military

Service Awards honor military men and women not only for their service

to our country, but also to their military and civilian communities,”

Nicely said. “Their dedication to improving safety is commendable, and

we are honored to present these awards today.”

The 2013 GEICO Military Service Award recipients are:

United States Army Sgt. Jaclyn M. Mumford, assigned to the 9th

Financial Management Support Unit (FMSU), 593rd Special

Troops Battalion, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State when

nominated, earned recognition for her contributions to drug and alcohol

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Sgt. Mumford actively engages unit personnel and family members to help

them better understand the hazards of alcohol and substance abuse. Her

dedication to the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) program

has produced significant results: her unit recently achieved more than

18 months without a drug-related offense and more than 14 months without

a positive drug test. “Sgt. Mumford stands out as a leader, committed to

ensuring that soldiers are trained and equipped with the proper

knowledge to make better decisions that can affect the rest of their

lives,” says Maj. Cody Koerwitz, her commander.

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<b>United States Marines Gunnery Sgt. Adrian C. Hunter</b>, the staff

noncommissioned officer in charge of formal schools aboard the Marine

Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., is being

recognized for his work in fire safety and fire prevention.

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Gunnery Sgt. Hunter has extensive experience as a volunteer firefighter

with the fire departments in Sneads Ferry, N.C., and Topaz Lake in

Gardnerville, Nev. While serving in Sneads Ferry, Gunnery Sgt. Hunter

was named Onslow County Rookie Firefighter of the Year and was promoted

to Third Lieutenant before moving to California. When off duty, he often

volunteers to visit patients at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Reno,

Nev., and is a regular blood donor at local blood drives. In 2013,

Gunnery Sgt. Hunter forfeited his Fourth of July holiday to work for

nine days fighting the Bison Canyon fire.

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Deployed multiple times in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gunnery Sgt. Hunter

relies on his extensive combat and training experience to facilitate

high-risk training courses for U.S. and Allied Military personnel at the

Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

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<b>United States Navy</b> <b>Petty Officer Keith J. Risner</b>, assigned

to the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station

Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) in Norfolk, Va., when nominated and currently

assigned to the Carrier Strike Group Twelve, has worked extensively on

drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

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Petty Officer Risner was the command’s Drug Education for Youth (DEFY)

mentor, camp director and operations coordinator while also volunteering

more than 890 hours at local homeless shelters, animal rescue

organizations, and multiple charity events. Petty Officer Risner’s

outstanding work at the DEFY program helped NCTAMS LANT receive many

recognitions, including the 2013 Defense Fulcrum Shield Award, the 2012

Campaign Drug Free Award for the top youth program in the Navy and the

2011 Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Award.

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<b>United States Air Force Technical Sgt. Daniele Flick</b>, assigned to

the 48<sup>th</sup> Civil Engineer Squadron in the Royal Air Force in

Lakenheath, England, earned recognition for his work in fire safety and

fire prevention.

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As fire inspector in the Fire Emergency Services, Tech. Sgt. Flick

epitomized the core values of the Air Force: integrity, service and

excellence. Tech. Sgt. Flick aggressively led the fire prevention

program, protecting 15,000 base personnel and $3 billion in Air Force

assets. His commitment to excellence helped earn his team the Air Force

Fire Prevention Program of the Year for 2012.

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While off duty, Tech. Sgt. Flick established a special life safety and

fire prevention program for youth, organizing and conducting 35 classes

for nearly 800 kids. Tech. Sgt. Flick and his wife, Rossella, have a

young daughter.

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<b>United States Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark A. Seal</b>, a doctrine

specialist to Boat Forces and Cutter Operations Branch at the U.S. Coast

Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Va., was honored for his valuable

work in traffic safety and accident prevention.

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Petty Officer Seal serves as the safety master at arms aboard the

Training Center Yorktown and has volunteered numerous hours to improve

safety awareness and motorcycle-riding skills of the members of his

command and community. Petty Officer Seal completed the Motorcycle

Safety Foundation’s Instructor Course to improve the consistency and

quality of the unit motorcycle safety course.

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In 2013, Petty Officer Seal conducted safety courses on weekends up to

60 miles from home, giving up more than 90 hours of his off-duty time to

ensure training was provided to all those who sought it. He often

inspects vehicles entering Yorktown security checkpoints and serves as

the firearms instructor for armory staff.

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<b>U.S. Marine Forces Reserve Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth J. Kuper</b>,

currently serving as the transition staff noncommissioned officer at the

Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., was cited for his work in fire

safety and fire prevention.

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Gunnery Sgt. Kuper is being recognized for his extensive service as a

volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician with the

Munford/Atoka Fire Department in Munford, Tenn., the Springtown

Volunteer Fire Department in Springtown, Texas, and the Falmouth

Volunteer Fire Department in Stafford, Va. In the past year alone,

Gunnery Sgt. Kuper has responded to more than 780 fire and emergency

service calls, helping to save the lives and property of Stafford

citizens. He has completed 200 hours of coursework with the fire

department and has contributed more than 4,000 duty hours to the

Falmouth Volunteer Fire Department.

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In addition to his regular duties as a Marine, Gunnery Sgt. Kuper serves

as the Headquarters Marine Corps Reserve Affairs Division Safety

Representative and volunteers with the Marine Corps Base Quantico

Volunteer Conservation Program.

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The have recognized members of the U.S. military

for their special achievements and contributions to the civilian and

military community since 1988.

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