Va. Guard Airmen, Soldiers honored by Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from Camp Pendleton are honored at the Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon July 18, 2013, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce sponsored the luncheon, which recognized outstanding service members in Virginia Beach, including personnel from JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, Oceana Naval Air Station and Camp Pendleton.  (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from Camp Pendleton are honored at the Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon July 18, 2013, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce sponsored the luncheon, which recognized outstanding service members in Virginia Beach, including personnel from JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, Oceana Naval Air Station and Camp Pendleton. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from Virginia Beach-based units were recognized at the Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon July 18, 2013, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce sponsored the luncheon, which recognized outstanding service members in Virginia Beach, including personnel from JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, Oceana Naval Air Station and Camp Pendleton.

“What a privilege it is for the city of Virginia Beach to play such a major role in the military defense of this great nation, with our great installations and our great Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen,” Bob Dyer, councilman for the City of Virginia Beach, said to the military members in the audience. “You are part of the fabric of our community. Thank you not only for what you do but thank you for hat you will continue to do.”

“Thank you very much for everything you do. It’s amazing how much you all work to keep us safe,” said Cathie France, chair of the Virginia Beach division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. “We take a lot of pride at the chamber of being the homeport for so many personnel and their dependents. The business community is here because the Chamber of Commerce wants to recognize the best of the best- the people sitting in the room here right now.”

Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from Camp Pendleton are honored at the Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon July 18, 2013, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce sponsored the luncheon, which recognized outstanding service members in Virginia Beach, including personnel from JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, Oceana Naval Air Station and Camp Pendleton.  (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Master Sgt. Andre Davis of the 203rd RED HORSE Squadron is honored at the Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon July 18, 2013, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Fort Story. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

The 10 Soldiers and Airmen from Camp Pendleton were among the more than 70 Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen honored at the luncheon for their outstanding service over the past year.Sgt. Reynaldo Abeng of Camp Pendleton was honored for outstanding performance, customer service, efficient use of resources, and providing world class training opportunities for state, federal, military and civilian organizations.

Pfc. Myko Banks, Headquarters Company 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, served as the 529th CSSB liaison human resource specialist for the 229th Military Police Company and spearheaded initiatives resulting in a unit readiness rate of 98%.

Master Sgt. Andre Davis of the 203rd RED HORSE Squadron earned Outstanding Airman of the Year out of all 54 states and territories as a result of his leadership, expertise, community involvement and commitment to excellence.

Sgt. Michael Anthony Davis, Community Based Warrior Transition Unit- Virginia, was honored for his volunteerism. In addition to providing support to wounded warriors in transition, his volunteerism has provided more than 435,000 meals to the Virginia Beach community since 2007. He also volunteers his time assisting homeless veterans with transitional housing.

Lt. Col. Peter S. Garner, commander of the 203rd RED HORSE Squadron, was recognized for more than 26 years of meritorious service, numerous combat and domestic deployments, and millions of dollars worth of construction in support of combat units, counter-drug, and humanitarian missions.

Staff Sgt. Joann Herren of Camp Pendleton was cited for being instrumental in establishing both the battle rhythm and business operations for Camp Pendleton.

Sgt. Jose Martinez of the 229th MP Company was cited for his outstanding work, including being instrumental for his squad receiving a 98% first-time pass rate in weapons qualification during annual training.
Staff Sgt. Dominic Tucker, HHC 529TH CSSB was recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty as the battalion assistant operations NCO.

Staff Sgt. Daniel W. Whitworth, C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, was honored for his leadership and expertise while serving as the cadre for the Expert Infantrymen Badge.

Sgt, 1st Class Stanley Wynn of Camp Pendleton was recognized for his professionalism and more than 20 years of commendable service to the Virginia Army National Guard.

“On behalf of Camp Pendleton and its tenant organizations, I truly appreciate the opportunity to recognize outstanding Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen serving in the Virginia Beach community,” said Lt. Col. Elena M. Scarbrough, commander of Camp Pendleton. “I want to extend my sincerest thanks to the Chamber of Commerce, city leaders, community partners, and area installation commanders for their support and a positively memorable event.”

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