MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Two men were honored Sept. 12 at the installation headquarters aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for their lengths of dedicated service to the government.
Jesse L. Turner and Trafford B. Taylor were recognized Sept. 12 for their impressive, combined 70 years of service to their country.
Turner was awarded the Federal Length of Service Award by Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Gorry, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations East – MCB Camp Lejeune, after diligently serving in the Coast Guard and working as a safety specialist for recreation and off-duty safety program manager for 30 years.
Taylor was awarded the Career Service Award for his 40 years of service to the Navy and working as a hazardous communications and inspection program manager by Gorry as well.
“When I came over to Base Safety, I didn’t realize all the implications involved in it,” said Taylor. “One of the things I did know before coming here was, it’s never about me. It is about the people I serve here. They are the reason I like to work. There are many things I could say about this award today, but most importantly, I am certainly thankful for the opportunity to serve and to work here at Base Safety.”
The two men were given their awards in front of friends and family who supported them during their long and successful journeys throughout their careers.
“These two individuals are fully deserving of their awards,” said Gorry. “Both have distinguished military and civil service backgrounds.”
Both Gorry and Sgt. Maj. Ernest K. Hoopii, sergeant major of MCI East – MCB Camp Lejeune, shook hands with Turner and Taylor and congratulated them on their successful careers.