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    CLB-3 awarded unit, volunteer of year

    CLB-3 awarded unit, volunteer of year

    Photo By Kristen Wong | (From left to right:) Maj. Matthew James, executive officer of Combat Logistics...... read more read more



    Story by Kristen Wong 

    Marine Corps Base Hawaii

    MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - Combat Logistics Battalion 3 is the 2015 Volunteer Unit of the Year and had one of their own chosen as 2015 Volunteer of the Year at Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony in the Fairways Ballroom at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, April 16, 2015.

    This is the third year in a row CLB-3 was chosen as the MCB Hawaii Volunteer Unit of the Year, and the second consecutive year an individual from their unit was chosen as the MCB Hawaii Volunteer of the Year.

    The unit, which was credited with logging more than 6,500 hours of service last year, was awarded a plaque, $250 in discretionary unit funds and a commanding officer’s certificate of commendation.

    The Marines and Sailors of CLB-3 volunteered at various locations in the community, including Waimanalo Elementary School and Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The unit also sends service members to participate in activities with Maunawili Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii, from playing soccer with the children to building them an obstacle course.

    Maj. Matthew James, the executive officer of CLB-3, said the unit was pleased to receive the award.

    “It is quite an honor to receive the award,” he said. “I think it speaks volumes to the quality of men and women we have not only serving at CLB-3, but at Marine Corps Base Hawaii as a whole.”

    James noted that there were many worthy nominees whose accomplishments were highlighted during the ceremony.

    Petty Officer 3rd Class Caroline W. Joel, a logistics specialist with Medical Logistics Platoon, CLB-3, received the Volunteer of the Year plaque, a $75 dining certificate from the Hale Koa Hotel and a certificate of commendation.

    Joel, of Merrimack, N.H., has volunteered for several organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics Hawaii and Sierra Club. She said she tries to volunteer at least once every two weeks.

    “I volunteer because I love it,” she said. “It’s my way of ‘partying’ because I feel thrilled when I am in a position to help someone in need or just put a smile on their faces.”

    Joel said she was not expecting to receive the award, and it has motivated her to volunteer even more.

    “It’s such an honor to receive this award,” Joel said. “It is worth every drop of sweat (and) ounce of sleep (lost). Quoting the late Nelson Mandela: ‘We must use time wisely, and forever realize that time is always ripe to do right.’”

    In second place was Petty Officer 2nd Class John Eugenio, a religious program specialist with 3rd Radio Battalion, who received a certificate of appreciation and $50 dining certificate from the Hale Koa Hotel. In third place was Sgt. Jonathon McDonald, a training noncommissioned officer with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, who received a certificate of appreciation and $25 dining certificate from the Hale Koa Hotel.

    “We have a mission and a heritage of taking care of our own,” said Col. Eric W. Schaefer, commanding officer, MCB Hawaii. “You are the ones (who) have stood up and taken care of our own, so I stand here humbly telling you thank you for what you’ve done and for who you are.”



    Date Taken: 04.24.2015
    Date Posted: 04.24.2015 22:08
    Story ID: 161230
    Hometown: MERRIMACK, NH, US

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