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NAS Whiting Field Sailor receives Margaret Flowers Civic Award for community involvement
Story by Julie Ziegenhorn on 02/22/2019
The Pensacola Council of the Navy League presented the 2019 Margaret Flowers Civic Award to NAS Whiting Field Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Clark at a luncheon Feb. 21.
The award recognizes military members who contributed countless hours of volunteer time to local religious, civic, educational, fraternal and other service organizations, and whose work “greatly enhances the quality of life” in the communities in which they live and serve.
Clark is the NAS Whiting Field volunteer program coordinator, volunteering at 96 community service events, and giving back more than 533 hours with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, the Shepard House, and local Milton schools. As volunteer coordinator, he organized activities for 600 people from Whiting Field who participated in 69 different community events. Through his efforts, eight new community service partnerships were formed with the installation. Clark is an Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) at NAS Whiting Field, where he supports Navy outlying landing field operations for the aviation training mission.
Twenty-two award nominees from local military units and bases including NAS Pensacola, Naval Air Technical Training Center, Information Warfare Training Command at Corry Station, NAS Whiting Field, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 23, Naval Hospital Pensacola, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless, and the Air Force’s 479th Flying Training Group, among others, were honored at the luncheon that is held on Military Recognition Day each year in February.
“Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Clark epitomizes what it means to give back to the community. His leadership with the volunteer program here at NAS Whiting Field is exemplary, and the Sailors who give their time back to the community, the local schools and charitable organizations make a tremendously positive impact in our local area. We’re very proud that Petty Officer Clark was recognized with the Margaret Flowers Civic Awardwell-deserved!” said Commanding Officer of NAS Whiting Field, Capt. Paul Bowdich.
Numerous local businesses, civic organizations and representatives from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties presented Clark with certificates and gifts, including $1,000 from both Pen Air and Navy Federal Credit Unions.
Representatives from the state of Florida were also present at the luncheon, and presented Clark with various accolades for his contributions, including letters from Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Rick Scott, and Congressman Matt Gaetz. Clark’s efforts will be noted in Monday’s Congressional record, according the Gaetz’ representative, Adam Griffin.
“What an honor to be recognized on behalf of the Margaret Flowers Civic Award and Pensacola Navy League. This was a high honor and privilege to be recognized, but this was definitely a team effort,” Clark commented.
Also nominated from NAS Whiting Field for their outstanding volunteer efforts were: Hospitalman Seaman Monsoor Kyemtore, Naval Branch Health Clinic; Naval Aircrewman Petty Officer 1st Class Keithon Lee, Helicopter Training Squadron Eight, Training Air Wing Five; and Naval Aircrewman Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Webb, Helicopter Training Squadron Twenty-Eight, Training Air Wing Five.
“Ms. Margaret Flowers paved the way for community service in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, and we all definitely strive to follow in her footsteps,” Clark went on to say.
The award is named in honor of Margaret Flowers, a career civil service employee who was present at the luncheon. Her long and devoted record of service to the Navy and the community embody the true “esprit de corps of community and social involvement,” according to Pensacola Navy League representatives.
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