The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Samuel T. Northern Military Citizen of the Year (MCOY) award. Nominations are open to active duty E-6 and below.
Nominees for this community service award must demonstrate active participation in off-duty community activities, in addition to the criteria expected of an outstanding enlisted military member. The award is not for a single act, but rather for sustained community service in the Hampton Roads area for a period of at least one year, but not more than two years. All nominations must be received by September 20, 2013. Finalists will be notified the last week in September.
This year's winner and finalists will be recognized during a luncheon held October 11, 2013. The event is sponsored by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. All finalists and their commanding officers will be invited to the luncheon as guests of the sponsor.
The parent command is expected to ensure their finalist's attendance at the luncheon. All finalists must be prepared to make remarks at the luncheon. Dress for those attending the event will be as follows: uniform for those attending the event is as follows: navy-service dress white (E-6 and below); summer white (E-7 and above); army-class b; marine-blue dress d; air force-blues w/short sleeve shirt (w/o tie/tab); coast guard-tropical blue long.
Local commands, as well as local volunteer organizations, can nominate outstanding personnel. Nominations received from volunteer organizations must be endorsed by the service member's parent command in order to qualify for the award. Packages received from volunteer organizations will be forwarded to the appropriate command for verification and endorsement.
Nomination forms are available from the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. To access the 2013 MCOY nomination form, click here. Anyone having difficulties accessing the link should contact Candace Reid at 757-664-2572.
Nomination endorsements should contain additional information regarding the member's civic activities and confirmation of criteria expected of an outstanding performer.
Commands must submit nomination form plus nomination endorsements in letter format, a 5x7 color photograph (head and shoulders) of the nominee suitable for publication (300 dpi), and a command point of contact with name, phone number, and e-mail address.
Packages must reflect the nominee's community and civic service. There are no restrictions on the length of the nomination endorsement letter, but it should be concise. Important factors are number of volunteer hours with the community organization(s), the impact of the nominee's efforts, and the effect of those efforts on the community. Up to five supporting documentation or letters of endorsement from community organizations will be accepted with the nomination.
Finalists will be selected based on individual merits in the area of volunteer service and civic involvement. Members of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce armed forces committee will make final selections. Finalists will be notified the last week of September.
All nominations/endorsements must be received by September 20, 2013. Completed entry packages must be sent via e-mail to Candace Reid at email@example.com or delivered to the Chamber office at 500 East Main Street, suite 700, Norfolk, VA 23510. The point of contact for Commander Navy Region Mid Atlantic is Heather Welch and she can be reached at (757)322-3060, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.