At a luncheon held on October 8 in Norfolk, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce recognized Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Bleu Moore as its 2010 Military Citizen of the Year. Moore is the Leading Petty Officer, in the Public Affairs Office, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
The award is named in honor of Samuel T. Northern, a local businessman who devoted most of his life to strengthening the relationship between the local community and the military. Since 1955, the Samuel T. Northern Military Citizen of the Year Award has been given annually to recognize the military citizen who has made the most significant contribution in the area of community service. Nominees were invited from all five military services, and this year there were 15 nominees from among Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army commands in the Hampton Roads area.
Moore has donated over 900 hours of his personal time to the Hampton Roads Meals on Wheels, the Norfolk Interfaith Partnership, and the Virginia Chapter of the Roughriders. His efforts have been felt by the young and old alike in the local community. He has led the Roughriders in community involvement projects throughout Hampton Roads, turning a hobby of riding motorcycles into a sense of accomplishment and teamwork among the members of the Roughriders Chapter. Through his efforts, he raised more than $3,000 for their charitable projects.
After being named the Military Citizen of the Year, Moore said, “This is a surprise and a tremendous honor. I have everything I need, so I’m happy to give back.” At the conclusion of his speech, he urged the crowd to continue volunteering. Rear Admiral Scott Craig, Deputy Chief of Staff for Capabilities and Resource Integration (N-8), United States Fleet Forces Command, presented Moore with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
“Petty Officer Moore’s efforts have been felt by the young and old alike in our local community,” said Captain John Andrews, Staff Commanding Officer and Assistant Chief of Staff, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. “His commitment and dedication to excellence exemplifies the characteristics that mark him as an excellent candidate for this award.”
During the luncheon, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim presented a City of Norfolk proclamation to Rear Admiral Mark Boensel, USN, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, kicking off Fleet Week Hampton Roads, which continues through October 17. Kerri Furey, WAVY-TV 10 news anchor, and Congressman Glenn Nye provided inspiring remarks.
Thank you to sponsors: City of Norfolk (Presenting); Dale Carnegie Training/Wade Powell & Assoc., Inc. (Gold); Cox Communications (Media); GEICO (Gold Military Program Partner); Bank of America, First Command, Lockheed Martin, Strayer University (Silver Military Program Sponsors); and G4 Secure Solutions, Regent University, Saint Leo University (Bronze Military Program Sponsors).