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
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
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.
<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.
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.
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.
<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.
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.
<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
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.
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
<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.
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.
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.
<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.
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.
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.
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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