A group of five service men and women were recently awarded Spirit of Service Awards at the 95th Annual American Legion Department of Washington State convention.
The awards were the first annual presentation, and the recipients represent each of the five military services. The awards were presented by National Commander James Koutz, State Commander Loren "Bud" Sperry, and Spirit of Service Commission Chairman, Jake Cabuag.
The recipients were:
Army Staff Sergeant Cassandra M. Muschamp, non-commissioned officer in charge of the S-1 section of the 508th Military Police Battalion of the 42nd Military Police Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Marine Corps Sergeant Nicholas G. Weidner, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense chief at the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion in Bangor, Washington.
Navy Counselor First Class Brenda V. Chavez, career counselor with Transient Personnel Unit Puget Sound, Silverdale, Washington.
Air Force Technical Sergeant Christopher A. Javier, passenger service supervisor at the McChord Field Passenger Terminal, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Coast Guard Boatswain's Mate Chief Benjamin Snider, surfman and senior duty officer at Motor Lifeboat Station Umpqua River in Winchester Bay, Oregon. He is the first lieutenant and station supervisor.
The Spirit of Service award is given to outstanding military professionals who are actively involved in volunteer projects within their communities during off-duty hours. It is awarded to enlisted personnel below the rank of E-6 who devote time to serve their communities, and who excel in their daily duties.