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Logistics Marines receive President Volunteer Service Award

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Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 9:16 am

U.S. Marines, Sailors and civilians from across 2nd Marine Logistics Group (MLG) made a significant impact within the Onslow county community in 2018. Due to their commitment to service, members of the unit were recognized for their volunteer work at an awards ceremony at Marston Pavilion on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, April 24.

A number of the recipients earned the President Volunteer Service Award.

“Depending on the amount of service hours completed, individuals can receive the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards,” said Jose Padilla, deployment readiness coordinator for Combat Logistics Regiment 27. “They are receiving a certificate, coin and letter from Brig. Gen. [Kevin] Stewart, [commanding general of 2nd MLG].”

Recipients may also receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion and a congratulatory letter from the president depending on the award earned.

The individuals performed a wide range of volunteer services to include community cleanup efforts and deployment assistance for families.

“The time my unit put in felt great because we were able to see how it made our city better,” said Cpl. Christian Fernandez, heavy equipment operator with 8th Engineer Support Battalion. The unit received a Silver level award.

Created in 2002, the PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing the nation.

“We didn’t volunteer to earn awards, we did it to make an impact and help make other’s lives easier,” Fernandez said.

April is volunteer appreciation month, but these volunteers give their time and energy all year round.

“It’s so amazing to see our units giving back,” Padilla said. “It’s what we do as Marines, Sailors and civilians. It’s what we’re bred to do.”