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Sgt. Robert Newborg and his family pose for a photo after receiving the Military Family of the Quarter award in Havelock, Oct. 25. The award is given to the military family that has most positively impacted the local community over the past quarter. The Newborg’s donated and volunteered time and energy to the community by working with organizations such as the Knights of Columbus and a local elementary school. Newborg is a cryptologic equipment instructor at the Center of Naval Aviation Technical Training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

The Newborg’s won the Military Family of the Quarter award for the work they have done to help the community and maintain a positive image of the Marine Corps. To win the award takes both commitment and personal time invested in the local community.

"We donate to the local churches and food drives," said Newborg. "We also help out in the community with the Knights of Columbus organization and our children’s elementary school."

Though Havelock is not Newborg’s hometown, he still believes it is his duty to contribute to the overall well-being of the community.

"I’m originally from Tampa, Florida, but I think wherever I’m at I can make a positive impact," said Newborg.

Newborg is a cryptologic equipment instructor at the Center of Naval Aviation Technical Training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Newborg and his family volunteer as often as possible and enjoy every minute of it.

"I can honestly say we really enjoy helping others," said Newborg. "We just feel like we do what any good family should. We have three kids so it is very hard for us to get out into the community but we do what we can. We are trying to give back and set a positive example for our kids so they can grow up to be productive members of society."

Helping the community is just one of Newborg’s missions; he also wants to ensure people know that Marines put forth effort back into the surrounding civilian community.

"If I can get out there and serve as a reminder that the Marine Corps is giving back, even after our work day is done, it would show that Marines care about the community that shows so much support for them," said Newborg.

A primary source of motivation for the Newborg’s is their children.

"I just want to leave a positive footstep," said Newborg. "My wife and I want our kids to know that you can give back and that you should. Ultimately you are investing in the future and when our children get older they are going to need a positive environment to grow up in and raise their own families one day."