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Navy League Memphis Spring Awards Dinner at Memphis Country Club

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mid-South Excellence Honored

The “best-of-the-best” of Mid-South Sea Service Units were recently saluted at the Navy League Memphis Council’s 2015 Spring Awards Banquet.  Rear Admiral Annie Andrews, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, updated Navy Leaguers and attending Navy personnel on the challenges and highlights of our Navy’s recruiting opportunities before she presented awards to the individuals who were chosen as the best Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and NROTC Midshipmen from the Mid-South area.

Scholarship awards were presented to Naval ROTC Midshipmen at University of Memphis and University of Mississippi.  This scholarship program provides financial support to select midshipmen in their first and second years of undergraduate education and officer training.  This unique program is intended to support students who desire to receive their officer commission in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps, but were not initially selected for national scholarship programs.  All were selected for these awards based not only upon academic achievement, but also for physical fitness and demonstrated officer qualities.   Awards proceedings are pictured below.


Memphis Navy League President, Charlie Beech, thanks RDML Annie Andrews (Commander, Navy Recruiting Command) for her service and for her supporting the evening’s festivities.


First to be honored were six Midshipmen from the Universities of Memphis and Ole Miss, as described below:


RDML Annie Andrews and CAPT Brad Mai, CO of Naval ROTC Mid-South, present MIDN 3/C James Coronado of NROTC Memphis with a scholarship check for his Outstanding Academic & Military performance.


RDML Annie Andrews and CAPT Brad Mai award MIDN 3/C Bryce Lavery with a scholarship check in recognition of his Outstanding Academic & Military Performance at NROTC Memphis.

 MIDN 4/C Nikolaus Schug receives a scholarship check from RDML Annie Andrews in recognition of his Outstanding Academic & Military Performance in the NROTC Memphis unit.



RDML Annie Andrews presents a scholarship check award to MIDN 4/C Paul Posey for Outstanding Academic & Military performance in the University of Memphis NROTC unit.


The Navy League Memphis Council also presented a Sword Award to the top graduates of the University of Memphis and Ole Miss NROTC units.


MIDN 1/C Christopher Coffin is presented with the Navy League Memphis Sword Award in recognition of his Honor Graduate status at the University of Mississippi NROTC unit.  RDML Annie Andrews and CAPT Brad Mai made the presentation.


RDML Annie Andrews presents MIDN 1/C Clara Barnes, from the University of Memphis NROTC unit, with the Navy League Memphis Council Sword award to recognize MIDN Barnes’ Distinguished Graduate status.


Next to be honored were our Sailors of the Year from the Naval Support Activity Mid-South, pictured below:


RDML Annie Andrews recognizes the Mid-South Area Sailor of the Year, ABF1 (SW/AW) Stephen Cowan of NAVMAC.  Petty Officer Cowan was joined by his wife, Ms. Brandi Cowan.


RDML Annie Andrews recognizes PS2 (AW) Jenny Camillucci as the Mid-South Area Junior Sailor of the Year.  Petty Officer Camillucci was joined by her mentor YN1 Sharleen Ciesielska.


RDML Annie Andrews presents the 2015 NSA Mid-South Bluejacket of the Year award to YN3 Walter Walford from Navy Personnel Command.  Also pictured is his mentor YNC Tonya Jones.


Coast Guardsman of the Year from Sector Lower Mississippi, headquartered in Memphis:


RDML Annie Andrews presents BM1 Joshua T. Lucio, from Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi as the Sector Lower 2014 Coast Guardsman of the Year.  Also pictured is BMC Ian Eady.


Marine of the Year from the USMC Reserve Center, Memphis


The NSA Mid-South 2015 Marine of the Year  is SSGT Drew Phillips.  Accepting the award on behalf of SSGT Phillips is GySgt Orduno. 


Last but not least, CAPT. Buz Sorce, USN (Ret.), Navy League Scholarship Chairman, thanks CAPT Brad Mai for his commitment as CO of Naval ROTC Mid-South and congratulates him on his upcoming retirement as RDML Andrews looks on.



Photos courtesy of MC2(SCW) Scott Bigley from the

Commander Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs Office at Naval Support Activity Mid-South.