CHEVY CHASE, Maryland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GEICO honored six members of the U.S. military with its 2021 GEICO Military Service Awards. This award recognizes service members for their leadership and dedicated service in addressing health and safety issues in their local and military communities.
“GEICO has been committed to supporting the men and women serving our country since we opened in 1936,” said Jay Snead, Director of GFR. “We are proud to continue this tradition for 33 years now. We salute these recipients not only for their military service, but also for improving the safety and well-being of others in their communities. »
Each recipient has made a significant contribution to creating safer environments for their fellow citizens in one of three areas: prevention of drug and alcohol abuse; fire safety and fire prevention; Road safety and accident prevention.
The GEICO Military Service Awards have recognized members of the United States military for their contributions since 1988.
The 2021 GEICO Military Service Award recipients are:
US Army Corporal Andruw Sharts – Road safety and accident prevention
CPL Sharts has conducted multiple Humvee Safety Courses across multiple units. He instilled in soldiers to follow all proper procedures and helped prevent multiple accidents on snowy and icy roads while deployed in Germany and Poland.
At home, CPL Sharts volunteers at community centers in Harker Heights, Killeen, and Belton, Texas, helping children after school with homework and hosting reading events. It helps prepare students for high school with knowledge and advice and helps them with their resumes when applying for jobs. CPL Sharts assist with food drives, prepare meals and serve at organized events. Every Sunday, he works as a traffic safety officer to avoid collisions in a small parking lot.
United States Marine Corps. Gunnery Sergeant Anthony D. Mears – Road safety and accident prevention
GySgt Mears is co-founder and vice president of True Impact Outdoors (Tb), a national 501c3 nonprofit organization designed to take veterans and first responders with disabilities outdoors. Since March 2016, GySgt Mears has logged over 1,460 hours of volunteer and community service with not only Tb, but also The Fallen Outdoors, local Veterans of Foreign Wars, and assisted in rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey.
GySgt Mears has also participated in, planned, or led several fundraising events for disabled veterans, raising over $317,000. All funds raised went directly to getting Veterans out safely and meeting all of their disability needs. GySgt Mears’ contributions enabled everyone he worked with to enjoy their time outdoors without injury.
United States Navy Petty Officer 1st Class AC1 Cierra I. Browne – Prevention of drug and alcohol abuse
As a Command Drug and Alcohol Program (DAPA) Advisor, Browne fosters a drug-free environment for more than 4,800 Sailors and enlisted officers while directly managing 21 DAPA Departmental Assistants.
She has personally conducted 72 DAPA screenings and scheduled over 100 Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) screenings and seven IMPACT Early Intervention courses. She facilitated treatment recommendations and placement for 143 cases resulting in the rehabilitation of 33 sailors with subsequent successful return to full service.
Petty Officer Browne is a proud member of Women Veterans Interactive (WVI). WVI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to meet women where they need it and support them through advocacy, interaction and awareness. As an active member of the WVI Mission, she has dedicated over 100 hours to focus groups, webinars, and program development to help stabilize the lives of transitioning women veterans.
Her outreach efforts include helping navigate veterans benefits so women receive mental health services, addiction treatment, and one-on-one coaching to develop the resilience tools needed for continued success.
Hospital Corpsman Nicole L. Bouscal – Fire safety and fire prevention
She has helped the Security Office conduct 11 fire drills over the past year. The planning, conduct and evaluation of these exercises not only ensures that command is 100% compliant with the Joint Commission, but also that personnel understand the proper procedures during an actual emergency.
HM2 Bouscal has spent countless hours training staff in Code Red (Fire) response with a particular focus on the protection of non-ambulatory patients. In addition, HM2 Bouscal supervised the inspection of 200 fire extinguishers in the workplace and always enjoyed demonstrating the use of fire extinguishers during Command Safety Stand Downs.
HM2 Bouscal actively monitors the Command’s patient care areas for deficiencies that violate life and fire safety codes and reports such deficiencies to the Security Office for mitigation.
HM2 Bouscal uses her knowledge of fire safety and prevention to help the community by volunteering for organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House where she has given over 20 hours to support their initiative. Additionally, HM2 Bouscal supports the local Beaufort Water Festival where they rely on their expertise to help ensure the safety of the massive crowds present throughout the 10 day festival.
United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Clayton D. Hults – Road safety and accident prevention
Sergeant Hults has been handpicked to develop safe riding habits in motorcyclists throughout the 1st Special Operations Wing (1 SOW). Thanks to his leadership, there were no motorcycle-related fatalities on the wing, despite the drivers’ daily commutes on Florida’s most dangerous highway.
Additionally, he coordinated the complete overhaul of Safety Office training programs and corrected 79 road safety hazards on Hurlburt Field, resulting in an incredible 70% reduction in traffic incidents in 1 SOW.
United States Army National Guard Technical Sergeant James D. Rambur – Prevention of drug and alcohol abuse
Rambur serves as the drug demand reduction NCOIC for the OK National Guard’s Drug Enforcement Task Force. In fiscal year 21, TSgt Rambur worked on more than 100 assignments spanning all 77 counties of Oklahoma for a total of 537 hours of drug and alcohol abuse prevention support.
He facilitated three drug takeover events which registered 495 lbs. prescription drugs and distributed over 200 lockable bags, naloxone kits and disposal bags. Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Trainer TSgt Rambur taught the course to more than 50 soldiers and prevention specialists throughout the year. His efforts have helped develop more aware soldiers and leaders with the skills needed to address potential drug addiction issues, as well as training them in the strategic prevention framework.
TSgt Rambur has taken it upon itself to host Oklahoma DARE (DOT) Officer Training from June 14, 2021 through June 28, 2021, at the Oklahoma National Guard Regional Training Institute, where 16 officers and two Guardsmen Oklahoma nationals attended. He taught and mentored the 18 future leaders throughout the week.
TSgt Rambur supported Course for Change (CFC), a 501 3C mentorship program for at-risk youth in Oklahoma County. He volunteered 322.5 hours to prevent these at-risk youth from falling back into the temptation of drug and alcohol addiction. This program was so successful that TSgt Rambur was asked to work with the civilian operators of the Texas National Guard’s Drug Enforcement Task Force to duplicate the CFC program in the Dallas area.
Do you know a service member who should be nominated for the GEICO Military Service Award? If so, each unit, base, post, or activity may submit eligible enlisted members in accordance with the established procedures of its particular service. Applicants must exhibit outstanding contributions or achievements while serving on active duty or in the Reserve/National Guard in one of the fields recognized by GEICO Military Service Awards.
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