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AWARDS OVERVIEW

The awards listed below are available to recognize excellence in individual and unit contributions to the Marine Corps Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise (MCISRE).  Commanders and G/S-2s with personnel who meet the eligibly criteria are encouraged to submit nominations for these awards.  The Director of Intelligence (DIRINT) administers the Marine Corps Intelligence Awards Program (MCIAP), per MCO 1650.56.  HQMC Intelligence Department provides administrative support to the National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) Col. Donald G. Cook USMC and the Col. James L. Jones USMCR awards; the DoD Language Professional of the Year and the Department of Defense (DoD) Command Language Program of the Year awards; the DoD Counterintelligence and Human (CI/HUMINT) Intelligence Awards Program; the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Director’s Trophy Award, and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Achievement Awards.

Awards Summaries
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Description

HQMC Intelligence Department conducts annual awards boards to select individuals and units for the following MCIAP awards:

  • The LtCol Michael D. Kuszewski Marine Corps Intelligence Officer of the Year Award (Statue of LtCol Kuszewski during Desert Storm.)
  • The MGySgt Samuel C. Plott Marine Corps Intelligence Staff Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award (Statue of MGySgt Plott during Khe Sahn).
  • The MSgt Charles C. Arndt Marine Corps Intelligence Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award (Iwo Jima memorial statue).
  • The LCpl James E. Swain Marine Corps Intelligence Enlisted of the Year Award (EGA statue).
  • The John J. Guenther Marine Corps Intelligence Civilian of the Year Award (Crystal Globe).
  • The Director of Intelligence Unit of the Year Award (The DIRINT’s Cup/modeled after the Stanley Cup).
  • The Director of Intelligence Innovation Award (Crystal globe w/EGA).
  • *The MajGen Michael E. Ennis Award for Literary Excellence (Montblanc Pen with ink well and plaque).
  • *The Marine Corps Language Professional of the Year Award (Rosetta Stone replica). 
  • *The Marine Corps Command Language Program of the Year (Rosetta Stone replica).

* The next revision of MCO 1650.56 will incorporate the literary and language awards.

Purpose

To recognize those individuals and units whose performance within the Marine Corps represents significant contributions to the MCISRE and embody the Marine Corps Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.

Eligibility       

MCO 1650.56 contains specific eligibility criteria for each award.

Nominations

Nomination packages will be submitted per MCO 1650.56, paragraph 3.c. Coordinating Instructions.

Submission Guidance

Per the Intelligence Department, annual MCIAP nominations MARADMIN (see References).

Submission Deadline

Per the Intelligence Department, annual MCIAP nominations MARADMIN (see References).

Sample

Enclosure (1) to MCO 1650.56

 References
  • Most recent Announcement for MCIAP CY 2015 MCO 1650.56(MCIAP)
  • Most recent request for MCIAP CY 2014 Nominations: MARADMIN 573/14
  • Most recent MCIAP CY 2014 Awardees Selection Announcement MARADMIN 282/15

MCIAP Award Selectees

Description  

NMIA and the National Military Intelligence Foundation (NMIF) jointly sponsor the National Military Intelligence Awards banquet. The awards banquet recognizes intelligence professionals from the Services, the intelligence combat support agencies, and other organizations within the Intelligence Community that support military intelligence activities.

Purpose The NMIA/NMIF Cook and Jones Awards recognize professional excellence and exceptional dedication to duty in the MCISRE.  The Cook award is presented to a Marine Corps active duty (officer or enlisted) or government civilian intelligence professional.  The Jones award is presented to a Marine Corps reserve (officer or enlisted) intelligence professional.
Eligibilty MCISRE active duty, reserve, and government civilian intelligence professionals.
Nominations  The nominees for the Cook and Jones awards are selected by the MCISRE awards selection board from the MCIAP annual nominations.
References 2014 Awards Banquet
NMIA







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  • 2015 Cook Award:  Cpl Guy Alexander Doria, 2D Marine Expeditionary Brigade
  • 2014 Cook Award:  SSgt Anthony M. King, Co. L, MCSB
  • 2014 Jones Award: GySgt Andre Guillerm, MCIA
  • 2013 Cook Award:  GySgt Eddie Dewitt, MARSOC
  • 2013 Jones Award: Capt Joshua Donathan, 4th Marine Division
  • 2012 Cook Award:  MSgt William S. Benedict, MARSOC
  • 2012 Jones Award: Capt James W. Staman II, MARFORCYBERCOM
  • 2011 Cook Award:  Cpl Raymond P. Weeks, 0231, 3d Bn, 3d Marines
  • 2011 Jones Award: Sgt Michael J. Eggli, 0211, 1st Intelligence Bn
Description     The DoD CI/HUMINT Awards Program is sponsored by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to recognize outstanding contributions within the CI/HUMINT community.
Purpose The DoD CI/HUMINT Awards recognize exemplary achievement in applying, developing, promoting, expanding, and improving CI/HUMINT support to the DoD.
Eligibility Civilians and military personnel assigned to DoD CI/HUMINT components of the military departments, defense agencies, or combatant commands.  Marine Corps nominees must be within Marine Corps body composition, personal appearance and physical fitness standards at the time of submission.
Nominations Commanding Officers may nominate no more than one individual or team per award category.  The HQMC Intelligence Department conducts an annual awards board to select the Marine Corps nominees for consideration by the DIA awards selection panel.
Submission Guidance Per the Intelligence Department annual nomination message.







Submission Deadline Nominations are normally due in May.  This year's nominations are due 29 April 2016.

           



Sample A sample nomination package is available from the HQMC Intel Dept CI/HUMINT Branch at Comm: 571-256-9331
Reference CY 2015 Solicitation of Nominations Message from Intelligence Department
        

CI/HUMINT















            

 Award







TBD







Description   This award is presented annually by Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center to one of the Service Language Professional of the Year selectees.
Purpose To recognize outstanding military language professionals accomplishments and contributions to warfighter missions.
Eligibility The Marine Corps Language Professional of the Year selectee is the Marine Corps nominee for the DoD Language Professional of Year.
Nominations   The Marine Corps nominee is the Marine Corps Language Professional of the Year.
Submission

Guidance
Guidance Per the Intelligence Department annual MARADMIN (see References).
Submission

Deadline
Guidance Per the Intelligence Department annual MARADMIN (see References).
Sample Guidance Per the Intelligence Department annual MARADMIN (see References).
References 1. DLIFLC Pam 351-1, Evaluation Guidelines for DoD Command Language Programs

2. MARADMIN (481/13)
DoD Language

Professional

Award

Selectees
Sgt Zachary A. Coates - 2011
Description This award is presented annually by the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center to one of the Service-level Command Language Program of the Year selectees.
Purpose To recognize outstanding command language programs in the DoD.
Eligibility The Marine Corps Command Language Program of the Year selectee is the Marine Corps nominee for CLPOTY.
Nominations The Marine Corps Command Language Program of the Year selectee is the Marine Corps nominee for the DoD Command Language Program of the Year.
Submission

Guidance
Guidance Per the Intelligence Department annual MARADMIN (see References).

Submission

Deadline
Guidance Per the Intelligence Department annual MARADMIN (see References).

Sample Guidance Per the Intelligence Department annual MARADMIN (see References).
References 1.  DLIFLC Pam 351-1, Evaluation Guidance for DoD Command Language Programs

2. MARADMIN (481/13)
CLPOTY

Award

Selectees
TBD



 Description   In 2010, the INSA Board of Directors established the INSA Achievement Awards to recognize the accomplishments of young professionals (GS-13/O-3/E-6 or equivalent and below) in intelligence and national security as well as the mentors who have inspired them.  INSA awards available to the MCISRE:

1. Richard J. Kerr Government Award: Civilian government employees up to/including GS-13.

2. William O. Studeman Military Award: Uniformed military up to/including O-3 and E-6.

3. Edwin H. Land Industry Award: Contractor or non-governmental employees.
Purpose INSA awards recognize the accomplishments of young professionals in intelligence and national security professions.  INSA awards are envisioned to be presented as an early, and possibly first, formal recognition of an individual’s professional contribution and potential.
Eligibility 1. Richard J. Kerr Government Award: Civilian government employees up to/including GS-13.

2. William O. Studeman Military Award: Uniformed military up to/including O-3 and E-6.

3. Edwin H. Land Industry Award: Contractor or non-governmental employees.
Nominations In late spring or early summer of each year, INSA sends out a call for nominations to government, academia and industry membership.
Submission Guidance Agencies and companies may submit up to three nominations to INSA at achievement@insaonline.org.
Submission Deadline Nomination packages generally submitted during August with a selection date and notification in September.  Electronic submission is preferred.
Sample Per http://www.insaonline.org/i/e/aa/Index.aspx
Reference  http://www.insaonline.org/i/e/aa/Index.aspx
INSA

Award

Selectees
 CY-2013  GySgt James Brenneis (Presented 13 November 2013)  Event Photo



 Description   The Director's Trophy is a National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) award presented annually to each Service’s cryptologic element selectee.
Purpose To recognize Service cryptologic element contributions to the tactical SIGINT mission.
Eligibility All SIGINT elements within the MCISRE.
Nominations



In late spring or early summer of each year, NSA/CSS sends out a call for nominations to government, academia and industry membership.
Submission Guidance Per annual Intelligence Department message.



Submission Deadline NLT 31 January 2014



Sample A sample nomination package is available from the HQMC Intel Dept SIGINT Branch, COMM:  703-693-5420; DSN: 223-5420
Reference

 Hall of Honor Nomination Letter from Intelligence Department for 2016

NSA/CSS

Award

Selectees








Description   The National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) Awards Program is sponsored by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to recognize outstanding contributions within the geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) community.
Purpose To recognize military GEOINT professionals that made the most outstanding contributions to the GEOINT mission during the designated periods.
Eligibility Marine Corps military personnel performing GEOINT missions within the Operating Forces, Supporting Establishment, or Joint components. Nominees must be within Marine Corps body composition, personal appearance and physical fitness standards, and should not be pending legal or disciplinary action at the time of submission.
Nominations Commanding Officers may nominate multiple, prioritized USMC GEOINT personnel in each competitive category for consideration.
Submission Guidance Guidance per the Intelligence Department Annual NGA Awards Messages (see Reference #1)



Submission Deadline Guidance per the Intelligence Department Annual NGA Awards messages (see Reference #1)



Sample Guidance per the Intelligence Department Annual NGA Awards messages (see Reference #1)
Reference



1. CY2014 Solicitation for NGA Award Nominations Message from I-Department

NSG

Award

Selectees
 TBD







Description     The Crypotologic Hall of Honor was established in 1998 to pay tribute to those who have given especially distinguished cryptologic service to the nation.
Purpose To honor the nominee who made markedly significant contributions to the security of the U.S. through planning, executing, or enabling the nation's cryptologic mission..
Eligibility The individual must be retired from cryptologic service for a minimum of 10 years.
Nominations Nominees can be individuals or groups, military or civilian, government personnel or those outside of the government.
Submission Guidance To submit one or more names for consideration, any supporting documentation would be helpful. The Sub-Panel particularly needs to know why each person whose name is submitted should be signed out for distinction from among a group of individuals already known for excellence and achievements.  All nominees must submit adequate documentation at this time.







Submission Deadline This year, nominations will be accepted until 14 March (names received after that date will be considered in 2017),







Sample Any questions you might have about the Hall of Honor process, call 301.688.2336 or e-mail dahatch@nsa.gov.
Reference N/A
Cryptologic





Hall of Honor







Award





Selectees