About Our Military Service Awards Program
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 honor one enlisted active duty or reserve member from each of the five Armed Services and one enlisted member from the National Guard for their achievements and contributions for the good of the Civilian and/or Military communities. The achievements or contributions may be made in one of the following areas of endeavor:
- 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.
All enlisted active duty, reserve, or members of the National Guard with at least one year of retainability/obligated service remaining following the date of the annual GEICO Military Service Awards ceremony, typically held in April are eligible. Previous recipients are ineligible.
Selections are based on off-duty volunteer activities and/or collateral/additional duty individual contributions or noteworthy accomplishments made in one of the areas of endeavor while serving in one of the five Armed Services or the National Guard. Contributions/Accomplishments for which nominations are based may span several prior years, may be ongoing, or may have been accomplished completely in the prior year.
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 of the three areas of endeavor recognized by the GEICO Military Service Awards.
Nominees will be judged first on their off-duty volunteer activities, and then their collateral/additional duties, 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 cellphone numbers of the nominee, including a brief biographical sketch to include family, military history, and both Military and Civilian education and awards.
- A brief write-up (200 words), 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 shall be primarily 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 no later than 01 December each year. GEICO will make the final selections and notify each Service of their respective recipient in January. One active duty or reserve enlisted member from each Service and one enlisted member from the National Guard will be selected as the GEICO Military Service Award Recipients.
Point of contact for each service:
United States Army:
Mr. Michael J. Negard, Director
Communications and Public Affairs
U.S. Army Combat Readiness
Building 4905, 5th Avenue
Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5363
Phone: (334) 255-3770
United States Marine Corps:
Gunnery Sergeant Raphael Montgomery
CMC Safety Division (SD)
701 S. Courthouse Road, Bldg. 12
Arlington, VA 22204-2462
Phone: (703) 604-4463
United States Air Force:
Director, Awards & Decorations
550 C Street, W., Suite 12
JBSA Randolph, TX 78150-4714
Phone: (210) 565-2520
Fax: (210) 565-3578
United States Coast Guard:
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
Phone: (202) 475-5219
United States Navy:
Theresia M. Reistad, TSP
Safety & Occupational Health Manager, Shore Safety
Naval Safety Center (Code 20E)
375 A Street
Norfolk, VA 23511
Phone: (757) 444-3520, Ext. 7009/DSN: 564
Fax: (757) 444-6044