MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Four Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort were awarded the Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award, presented by 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, May 20.
The Marines awarded were Capt. Kevin P. Bowler, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312, whose wife Jacquelyn accepted the award on his behalf, Capt. Michael Givan, Marine Wing Support Squadron 273, Staff Sgt. Mitchell Moore, MWSS-273, and Sgt. Michael McIntire, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31.
The award is a peer-selected award sponsored by the Navy and Marine Association. Recipients are reviewed through each level of the Marine Corps chain of command.
“It’s a great honor to be here in Beaufort and give these awards,” said Hedelund. “This is a special award because peers are responsible for nominating and supporting these Marines. Each of these Marines is special in their own right, and they represent all of you here in Beaufort.”
Marines are judged and reviewed by their peers, subordinates and superiors on standards of professional pride, setting the example, integrity and spirit.
“It’s great to know my subordinates and peers feel that I make a difference,” said Sgt. Michael McIntire, an AIRspeed coordinator with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31.
“These awards were reviewed at the highest level by the commandant and sergeant major of the Marine Corps,” said Hedelund. “The Marines in Beaufort did fantastic.”
While speaking to Fightertown Marines, Hedelund reiterated the message from the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, that non-commissioned officers and officers are the key to the future of the Marine Corps.