GEICO honors U.S. servicemen and servicewomen at Military Service Awards

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GEICO honored six members of the military yesterday with the 2011 GEICO

Military Service Award for taking part in generous acts of service to

their communities.

Each branch of service combed through highly qualified candidates to

select a representative that had made a significant impact on their

local community by donating their time, talent and knowledge to create a

safer environment for their fellow citizens. This is the 24th year that

GEICO has held these award ceremonies to recognize the contributions of

the men and women of the U.S. military.

The 2011 GEICO Military Service Award recipients are:

United States Army

Staff Sgt. James M. Sutton, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters

Company, Troop Command, Madigan Healthcare System, Joint Base

Lewis-McChord, Wash. when nominated, is being honored for his

contributions to traffic safety and accident prevention.

Staff Sgt. Sutton created a motorcycle mentorship program at his unit

which resulted in zero motorcycle fatalities and earned him the

opportunity to refine the Joint Base Lewis-McChord installation

motorcycle mentorship program as well as their motorcycle operator

policies. He also established a DOD wide motorcycle club, the Minions of

Chaos, to instill a climate of motorcycle safety on a large scale. Club

members offer safety classes, sponsor safety rides, schedule specialty

instructors for motorcycle-related classes and work with local law

enforcement for accident prevention, both on-post and off-post.

United States Marines

Gunnery Sgt. Donald L. Garrison Jr., assigned to the II Marine

Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, NC, is being cited for his tireless

work in fire safety and fire prevention.

Gunnery Sgt. Garrison has volunteered extensively with the Half Moon

Fire Department of Jacksonville, N.C. He responded to more than 107

incidents in 2010, which helped save the lives of citizens trapped in

vehicles and prevented the loss of countless dollars in personal

property during the flooding of 2010. Although a “volunteer” fireman, he

has conducted 40 hours of classroom instruction and 80 hours of

practical application to volunteers on a quarterly basis. He was the

Rookie Firefighter of the Year for 2010 and Firefighter of the Month in

March 2010.

United States Navy

Petty Officer Crystal S. Janes of Fleet Readiness Center West at Naval

Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas, is being recognized

for her dedication to drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

While at technical training in Meridian, Miss., Petty Officer Janes

volunteered 42 hours of her personal time to community service with the

Base Morale, Welfare and Recreation Committee. When she reported for

duty at her current unit, her volunteer activities rose to higher levels

of personal commitment. She devoted in excess of 230 volunteer hours to

115 inner city youths as a mentor, team lead and coordinator in the Drug

Education for Youth Camp (DEFY) Summer Camp Program.

Petty Officer Janes’ noteworthy accomplishment earned her a “Community

Builder Award” from the United States Northern District of Texas

Attorney. She also volunteers as a section leader and volunteer member

of the Base Honor Guard.

United States Air Force

Staff Sergeant Mark A. King, assigned to the 374th Security Forces

Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, earned the recognition for his work in

drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

Staff Sergeant King has greatly enhanced alcohol and drug abuse

awareness for the 11,000 military personnel, civilians and family

members at Yokota Air Base, as well as those serving at Kandahar

Airfield, Afghanistan, during his deployment. Staff Sergeant King

routinely gives his personal time to assist his fellow Airmen and others

in his military and civilian communities. While at Yokota Air Base,

Staff Sergeant King volunteered as the lead for the designated driver

program, ensured roadways were safe for the 11K base residents and

significantly reduced the number of DUIs during the holidays.

While deployed, Staff Sergeant King led contraband and drug sweeps

securing more than 250 contraband items, including illegal drugs, from

workers on the installation. He also volunteered for honor guard duty at

his deployed location and performed three “Fallen Soldier” ceremonies,

ensuring fallen servicemen received the appropriate honor and respect.

United States Coast Guard

Petty Officer David A. Neuner, assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard

Navigation Center’s (NAVCEN) Navigation Information Service in

Alexandria, Va. when nominated, is being honored for his valuable work

in fire safety and fire prevention.

Petty Officer Neuner has been an active volunteer with the Occoquan

Woodbridge Lorton Volunteer Fire Department for more than two years. He

has conducted fire prevention awareness training at local elementary

schools and has educated the public during service calls and fire

department open house events by discussing and demonstrating fire safety

topics such as the operation, maintenance and testing of carbon monoxide

and smoke detectors. He has also provided annual Cardiopulmonary

Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training

to NAVCEN personnel.

United States Guard/Reserves

Damage Controlman Third Class Tomas Kaselionis, currently assigned to

the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team at Novato, Calif., is cited for

his work in fire safety and fire prevention.

In addition to supporting numerous emergency response efforts such as

the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf

Oil Spill, DC3 Kaselionis has worked with the Novato City Council, the

city fire and police departments and the Novato Disaster Volunteers

Council to support the fire department with leadership and organization

for community disaster preparedness and response. He has also reached

out to a neighboring city to develop a volunteer program to provide

incident management and public sector support during times of need.

GEICO chairman Tony Nicely presented the Military Service Awards to the

winners at a special ceremony yesterday in Washington, D.C. “Throughout

the years, GEICO has been proud to pay tribute to the tremendous efforts

of our country’s servicemen and servicewomen to improve their military

and civilian communities,” Nicely said. “These honorees have gone beyond

the call of duty, and we salute them for both their military service and

for their service to their communities.”

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the

Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private

passenger auto

insurer in the United States. GEICO handles auto

insurance coverage for 11 million private passenger auto policies

and insures more than 17.5 million vehicles.

In addition to auto insurance, GEICO offers customers insurance products

for their motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and

motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, boats, homes and apartments is

available through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance

and personal umbrella protection are also available.

GEICO is a strong supporter of American military troops during peace

time as well as war time. It’s a special focus for GEICO that goes back

to 1936 when the company was founded to serve enlisted service members

along with other federal employees.

As a member of the Berkshire Hathaway group of companies, GEICO is rated

A++ for financial strength by A.M. Best Company and ranks at the top of

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