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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:00 am

Six Marines and Sailors were recognized as Service Members of the Year during the 13th annual Marine Corps Installations East’s General’s Breakfast at the Ball Center on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Feb. 8.

There were six categories for the awards: Non-commissioned Officer, Marine, Junior Sailor, Sailor, Senior Sailor and Blue Jacket of the Year. The awardees in order were Cpl. Bernard Etienne, administration specialist; Cpl. Jeannie Mosher, administration specialist; Petty Officer 3rd Class Elizabeth Kiefer, hospital corpsman; Petty Officer 2nd Class Willie Tyndall, hospital corpsman; Petty Officer 1st Class Brandon Lovin, hospital corpsman and Shailyn Parker, hospitalman.

The Service Member of the Year award is presented to Marines and Sailors who show hard work and dedication both in and out of uniform.

“We look for the most well-rounded candidate,” said Master Chief Petty Officer James Baker, hospital corpsman, acting command master chief at the Navy Medical Center Camp Lejeune. “Someone who has gone above and beyond when it comes to the performance of their job, and things outside their job, like volunteer work, command impact, bringing up junior Sailors and

leadership.”

Mosher, Kiefer, and Tyndall and their spouses were present during the breakfast.

“I’m just really proud of the Sailors and the Marines that got here because if you think about it, the competition out there is really stiff because we have people performing at phenomenal levels,” said Baker. “For one Sailor and one Marine to be chosen above their peers says a lot because they’re not just the only ones performing.”

Units nominate their best Marines and Sailors up for the awards.

“I think the reason my unit wanted to put me up was because of my professionalism and how I hold myself at work,” said Cpl. Jeannie Mosher, an administrator for Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

At the breakfast, the awardees were given several items to commemorate their achievement. They received letters of appreciation, books, challenge coins, plaques and gift certificates from numerous organizations like First Citizens Bank, OMNI Financial, NCO Association and Mainstreet.

“It’s wonderful because we get to recognize them,” said Baker. “And not just recognize them in front of their peers, but to recognize them in a different way and show them how valuable their performance is and the impacts that they made. It shows people that their performance is rewarded. That’s something we need to continue doing to make sure more people have the inspiration to push themselves to be the best they can be.”

Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer 3rd Class Elizabeth Kiefer, a corpsman in the emergency department at NMCCL, said that it was an amazing feeling when she won because she didn’t think she was going

to.

“You can never assume anything,” said Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer 2nd Class Willie Tyndall, the leading petty officer in the emergency department at NMCCL. “It was a surprise; I was very happy.”

To some, the award is a teachable moment that they can share with others.

“For me, it’s not just about me,” said Kiefer. “It’s about everyone around me, so it’s about all my junior Sailors and showing them what it takes to get to this point. It’s definitely an accomplishment.”

Working hard doesn’t go unnoticed.

“You just have to step out of the box a little,” said Kiefer. “It’s not just going to work, doing your job and going home. It’s going out and volunteering, helping the community a little bit and getting involved at

work.”