2020 AMERICAN LEGION SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD:
R 011408Z MAY 20 MID510001155649U
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/2020 AMERICAN LEGION SPIRIT OF SERVICE AWARD//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/DNS/MAY// POC/WILLIAM LOVEJOY/FCC-C10F
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POC/Kristine Garland/NAVCO/POC: MILLINGTON, TN/TEL: (901)874-5882/
RMKS/1. The American Legion will present its Spirit of Service Award to an
enlisted member (E-5 and below) from each branch of the Armed Forces. The
award, given since 2000, will be presented by the National Commander, James
Oxford, on stage at the Legion's national convention in Louisville, Kentucky,
29 August - 3 September 2020.
2. Eligibility. The main criterion of the award is the level of volunteer
community service that a Sailor performs off-duty in the local community.
Command-sponsored volunteer activities, either on duty or off, will not be
counted. The period of service is 1 January 2019 - 31 December 2019, and
nominees must be E-5 or below during the period of service. Nominees may be
active or reserve, and must be outstanding military professionals.
Previous winners of this award are not eligible. If chosen as the recipient,
the awardee must attend the American Legion national convention.
3. Travel and lodging. Within CONUS, the American Legion will provide
travel and lodging expenses for the individual winner only. The winner is
responsible for travel expenses for family members or guests. The winner
will arrive at the convention hotel on Saturday, 29 August 2020, and depart
Thursday, 3 September 2020.
4. Nominations. Nomination packages must contain the Commanding Officer's
(CO) nomination, a description of the volunteer service performed, a
biography of the Sailor, a high-resolution JPEG head AND full body photograph
of the Sailor and a signed consent for release of information.
a. Commanding Officer nomination. COs may nominate one Sailor from
their command. Nominations must be on command letterhead and indicate the
CO's confidence in the Sailor's professionalism and as a representative of
the Navy, the validity of the volunteer efforts, and a commitment to
facilitate their nominee's attendance at the national convention, if
selected. Endorsements are not required.
b. Volunteer efforts. Description of volunteer efforts must include
quantitative data such as hours, days, or months spent on off-duty volunteer
community service. Command sponsored volunteer activities, either on duty or
off, will not be counted. This description should be provided in a bullet
c. Nominee photos. High-resolution JPEG head AND full-length
photographs of the Sailor are required. If chosen as the award recipient,
the nominee's photo will be used in printed and online material used to
publicize and document the award ceremony. The headshot photo should be
similar to those commonly associated with Navy leader biographies and
official portrait photos.
d. Nominee biography. If chosen as the award recipient, the biography
will be used in the Legion's magazine and convention program. The biography
should include hometown information as well as professional highlights and
e. Signed consent for release of information. A written and signed
statement of consent by the Sailor, authorizing release of information
contained in the nomination, is required per the Privacy Act of 1974. The
following statement is a sample of written consent: "I, (rate/rank/full
name), do hereby authorize the release of all information enclosed in this
nomination package to those persons involved in the selection process."
f. Sample package. A sample submission package can be found at
5. Nomination submission. Nominations must be received by 1 June 2020.
Nominations must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Selection process. The Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) will
consolidate all nominations, organize a ranking board, and recommend the top
candidates to the American Legion, which will make the selection. NAVCO will
inform the winner and also notify those not selected.
7. Released by Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff.