About Our Military Service Awards Program

Program Purpose

The GEICO Military Service Awards Program recognizes and pays tribute to the many contributions of our Nation's Military enlisted members as, "Citizen and Service Member." Over the years, GEICO has observed many noteworthy contributions by those who serve the Civilian and Military Community as well as their Country. Unfortunately, these worthy achievements often go unrecognized by the public.

The GEICO Military Service Awards, with the support of the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation, help spotlight and publicly recognize some of the valuable and lasting contributions that enlisted members of the Armed Services make in their communities.

The Awards

The awards honor one enlisted member from each of the five Armed Services, and one member from the National Guard or Reserve for their achievements and contributions for the good of the Civilian and/or Military community. The achievements or contributions may be made in the following areas:

  • Drug and alcohol abuse prevention
  • Fire safety and fire prevention
  • Traffic safety and accident prevention

The Six recipients are recognized at a special awards ceremony held in April each year in Washington, DC. Recipients receive a plaque to commemorate their accomplishments, as well as a cash honorarium of $2,500 from the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation. GEICO also provides round trip costs for transportation and lodging for each recipient and a guest. Read more about the outstanding Military Service Award Program Winners.

Eligibility

Any Active Duty, Reserve or National Guard component enlisted member with at least one year of retainability/obligated service as of 30 April is eligible. Previous recipients are ineligible.

Selection Criteria

Selections are based primarily on voluntary or collateral/additional duty, individual contributions or noteworthy accomplishments made in one or more of the areas of endeavor while serving on Active Duty or in the National Guard/Reserve components. Contributions/Accomplishment for which nominations are based may span several prior years, may be ongoing, or may have been accomplished completely in the prior year.

Nominations

Through the individual Service's established procedures, each unit/base/post/activity may nominate enlisted members who have provided outstanding service to the Military or Civilian community through noteworthy achievements in one or more of the three areas of endeavor recognized by the GEICO Military Service Awards.

Nominees will be judged first on their volunteer activities, collateral/additional duties, and finally their primary duty contributions and to the extent to which these activities have served to inspire other Military or Civilian personnel.

Submit materials in one package consisting of not more than three pages through the appropriate Military Service channels. To be considered, all nominations must be submitted and received by the date established by each nominating activity.

Nomination packages shall consist of the following:

  • A typewritten page, single-spaced, containing the full name, grade, duty title, organization of assignment, office symbol, duty location, official and personal mailing and e-mail addresses, official and home telephone numbers of the nominee, including a brief biographical sketch to include family, military history, and both Military and Civilian education and awards.
  • A write-up describing the specific achievement(s) or service(s) for which the member is being nominated and relate how these contributions and accomplishments have benefited the Military or Civilian community. Off duty volunteer activities and collateral/additional duties should primarily be cited.
  • The name, telephone number, Military address, and Military e-mail address of Military point of contact (unit commander, etc.)
  • A high resolution, digital photo with head and shoulders view of the nominee in service dress uniform WITHOUT cover/headgear.
  • A letter of endorsement from the highest Military authority on the assigned installation or the first O-6 commander in the chain of command.

Individual units may nominate according to their service's established procedures, i.e., their Awards Branch, Safety Center, etc. The nomination packages are due to GEICO not later than 01 December each year. GEICO will make the final selections and notify each Service of their respective recipient in January. One overall recipient will be selected for each Service and one representing the National Guard or Reserve components.

Point of contact for each service:

United States Army:
Mr. Michael J. Negard, Director
Communications and Public Affairs
U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
Building 4905, 5th Avenue
Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5363
Email: Michael.j.negard.civ@mail.mil
Phone: (334) 255-3770

United States Marine Corps:
Gunnery Sergeant Raphael Montgomery
CMC Safety Division (SD)
701 S. Courthouse Road, Bldg. 12
Suite 20050
Arlington, VA 22204-2462
Email: raphael.montgomery@usmc.mil
Phone: (703) 604-4463

United States Air Force
Director, Awards & Decorations
HQ AFPC/DPSIDR
550 C Street, W., Suite 12
JBSA Randolph, TX 78150-4714
Email: AFPC.DP1SSP.RecognitionProcess@US.AF.Mil
Phone: (210) 565-2520
Fax: (210) 565-3578

United States Coast Guard:
Mark Davenport
Afloat Safety Program Manager
Safety Assurance and Risk Reduction, CG-1132
U.S. Coast Guard, Stop 7907
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20593-7907
Email: Mark.r.davenport2@uscg.mil
Phone: (202) 475-5219

United States Navy:
Thomas Deatherage
Commander Naval Safety Center Code 42
375 A Street
NAS Norfolk, VA 23511-4399
Email: Thomas.l.deatherage@navy.mil
Phone: (757) 444-3520, Ext. 7177
Fax: (757) 444-6044

National Guard:
Sergeant Major Jeremy Scribner
Army National Guard Readiness Center
111 S. George Mason Drive
Arlington, VA 22204
Email: Jeremy.l.scribner.mil@mail.mil
Phone: (703) 607-9241

For more information contact:

Kevin Isherwood
GEICO
Military Department, 1CW
One GEICO Plaza
Washington, DC 20076
Email: KIsherwood@geico.com
Phone: (240) 786-2775