Beaufort awards Fightertown Marines

10 Jul 2013 | Lance Cpl. Brendan Roethel

Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort were recognized during the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce 2013 Civitas Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting at Dataw Island, June 28th.

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce annually recognizes the businesses, organizations and outstanding leaders that help make the community a wonderful place to live and work. Since 2002, the Civitas Awards have celebrated leadership in various community sectors.

Due to the major role of the military in the Beaufort community, the organization recognizes and presents awards to service members that demonstrate great leadership abilities. This year two Marines from the Air Station were awarded for their hard work.

 Cpl. Judena Seck, a personnel administrator, with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, aboard MCAS Beaufort received the Noncommissioned Office of the Year Award, and recently promoted Cpl. Sarah Cherry, the community relations NCO for the Public Affairs Office received the Junior Enlisted Service Member of the Year Award.

“I am proud and honored to receive this award, especially coming from the Marine Corps community that values leadership traits and principles very highly,” said Cherry. “One of my favorite leadership principles is know yourself and seek self-improvement. Receiving this award from a community that is constantly improving and making things better is truly an honor.”

The name of the event derived from the Latin word civitas, which means "the condition of the citizenship.” In Roman times, the Civitates worked to build the local economy by producing and distributing goods. During the event the Civitas Awards were awarded to those that positively influence their community, or the “Civitates”.

“Receiving the award for NCO of the Year is a great honor,” said Seck. “I would like to thank [Col. Brian Murtha, the commanding officer of MCAS Beaufort] for his support and all of the Marines that support me on a daily basis. Without their help I wouldn’t have been able to get this.”

The Chamber of Commerce was proud to recognize the Fightertown Marines for all they have done to improve their military and surrounding communities. The organization was also honored to have had the opportunity to give back to the Marine Corps, which has a great influence on the Beaufort community.