Commandant recognizes Leftwich Trophy winner

28 Aug 2000 | Lance Cpl. Allan Grdovich

The Leftwich Trophy for Outstanding Leadership was presented to Maj. Daniel M. Sullivan here Aug. 18 by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James L. Jones.

The trophy, which bears the name of Vietnam Navy Cross recipient Lt. Col. William G. Leftwich, was awarded to Sullivan during the Barracks' Evening Parade.

Sullivan, who is from the New York City suburb of Huntington on Long Island, became the Leftwich trophy winner as a captain assuming the leadership roles of the company commander for Lima Company, 3d Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was frocked to his current rank June 1. Currently, he works at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab in Quantico, Va.

"The people I thank most for this award are my subordinates who are really the ones who have made me look good," said Sullivan. "My squad leaders, platoon sergeants and everyone else who has helped facilitate my job deserve this experience as well. I wish they could all be here."

The Leftwich Award in Marines Corps wide and is awarded through a council of senior officers.

According to Marine Corps Order 1650.32D, award recipients are first nominated and must be the rank of captain in a ground combat arms unit. The award nominee must be serving on active duty as a company commander with the Fleet Marine Force at the time of nomination and must be recognized by seniors and subordinates as an officer who exemplifies outstanding leadership. The Marine must also demonstrate knowledge and portrayal of Corps values and have concern for the well being of his fellow Marines.