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Military Personnel to be Recognized for Outstanding Service by County

"It's good to recognize people who are honored by their service branch," said Supervisor Marion Ashley, who introduced the proposal.

Airmen, sailors, soldiers and Marines who receive awards from their superiors for outstanding service can now expect the same recognition from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

In a unanimous vote, the board Tuesday established the Outstanding Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine of the Year program.

"It's good to recognize people who are honored by their service branch," said Supervisor Marion Ashley, who introduced the proposal.

The board in December established the Military Veterans Recognition Act, under which county residents awarded medals for bravery or other acts of distinction while serving in the U.S. military are presented with certificates of praise from the county.

The new program will differ in that any member of the armed forces recognized by his or her unit commander as the serviceman or woman of the year will qualify to receive a county award.

According to Ashley, the county's effort will operate as a "companion award program" active at any military installation in the region, including Camp Pendleton, Fort Irwin, Twentynine Palms, March Air Reserve Base and the Norco Naval Surface Warfare Center. National Guard personnel will also qualify.

Ashley said recognition ceremonies may be scheduled at the outset of board meetings or at other appropriate venues, where "hundreds of service members, community leaders and dignitaries" can gather.

The program is expected to be implemented by fall. Ashley said members of the board can bestow awards, as well as county CEO Jay Orr, assistant executive officers and county Military Affairs Commissioner Tom Freeman.


– City News Service.

SA April 23, 2014 at 01:04 PM
This is great! My Brother and Sisters are constantly getting crapped on by ignorant people. Unless one works in Personnel, the Military is arduous and not many people can hack it.
don mckinney April 23, 2014 at 06:06 PM
I dont feel safer in a bankrupt country.war glorification is not helping the 100 deaths a day from psychotropic drugs given to military and veterans , see gulf war veterans.com or org. for statistics .and consider the 21 year olds killed in last 10 years before we blindly glorify war...for what ? we have been invaded from the south and the global bankers now own the military since 1947 and especially now.should we give an award to someone who creates peace as in the prince of peace or anything positive . senator walker from mass. wrote a new book and is promoting knowledge of the banks takeover and undue influence politically.the kids get killed over bad decisions by higher ups in socialistic military .sad indeed .
Diana April 23, 2014 at 06:36 PM
It is about time that those that serve and protect our freedom are paid tribute. I personally have done this for the past ten years at a local event called Christmas Tree Lane, every year decorating a Christmas Tree in red, white and blue to honor, recognize and support our troops. These men and women sacrifice their lives and those of their loved ones everyday and they should be, honored, respected and recognized!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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