The Navy Times website has this icon inviting people to submit nominees for the 2010 Service Members of the Year. The awards are given by the Military Times. It was established in 2001 by Army Times Publishing Company, publisher of the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times. Nominees may be handed in for Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine and Coast Guardsman of the Year.
Five “Everyday Heroes” are honored each year for demonstrating “pride, dedication and courage beyond what is expected.” They may be nominated by any Military Times reader, including the parents, comrades and commanding officers of these heroes.
Award winners for 2009 include 1SG Peter J. Lara, 3-13th Infantry Rgt, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; SSgt Mercedes Kimble Crossland, 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma; CECS (SCW/FMF) Lauro A. Garzaz, Sr., 9th Naval Construction Regt, NAS JRB, Fort Worth, Texas; Captain Daniel C. Rhodes, 1st Bn, 3rd Regiment, MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; and EM2 Charles T. Newton, USCGC Neah Bay, 9th CG District, Cleveland, Ohio.
All winners are recognized online through the Military Times Service Members of the Year website, in addition to being honored through a ceremony in Washington D.C. The criteria has evolved since its initial inception in 2001 to include: high level of professionalism, concern for fellow service members and commitment to community service.
For the 2010 Awards, a nominee should have displayed exceptional service and earned achievements during the January 1 through December 31, 2009 period. Finalists will be contacted in June this year, and the winners are set to be announced in July.