Air Force Master Sgt. Keval A. Smith recognized as GEICO Military Service Award recipient

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28, 2015 – GEICO is proud to announce that Master Sgt. Keval A. Smith is the Air Force recipient of GEICO's 2014 Military Service Award for his work in traffic safety and accident prevention. Master Sgt. Smith is assigned to the 45th Civil Engineering Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Brevard County, Fla., where he serves as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) Unit Safety and Vehicle Control.

Master Sgt. Smith expertly led the 45th Space Wing's largest safety program and vehicle fleet and he coordinated 310 inspections and managed 155 vehicles valued at $5.4 million and preserved $3.2 billion in infrastructure. As the 45th Wing Motorcycle Safety representative, he played a vital role in conducting 45 inspections and training 90 riders on safe cycle operations during his off-duty time.

Master Sgt. Smith was instrumental in piloting a motorcycle mentor ride program, leading more than 40 riders on safe group riding, which resulted in a 15 percent decrease in cycle mishaps. He was also a key member of the 45th Wing Airmen Against Drunk Driving (AADD) program. Master Sgt. Smith and his wife Sabrina and have one daughter.

GEICO chairman Tony Nicely presented Master Sgt. Smith the award at a ceremony yesterday in Washington, D.C. "The tremendous undertaking by our servicemen and servicewomen to improve military and civilian communities in our country is a remarkable achievement, and GEICO is proud to honor the contributions from those individuals who might otherwise go unrecognized," Nicely said. "Master Sgt. Smith's distinctive accomplishments reflect greatly upon himself and the brave members of the US Air Force. He has proven through his efforts in traffic safety and accident prevention that he is an exemplary member in the community and is deserving of this gracious honor."

The GEICO Military Service Awards, now in their 27th year, 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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