MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — --
MARINE CORPS BASE
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Two
Marines and two sailors were honored during an awards breakfast at the Ball
Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Jan. 22.
Petty Officer Second Class Christine
Martinez was awarded Marine Corps Installation East “Sailor of the Year” and
Petty Officer Third Class Christian Miranda, who was recently promoted, was
awarded MCIEAST “Junior Sailor of the Year.”
The two sailors are both assigned to
Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.
Sgt. Tyrone Comer, an air traffic controller with
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station New River, and
Cpl. Delvin Belote, an administrative clerk with H&HS, was awarded MCIEAST
“Marine of the Year.”
“This is impressive to be
selected out of all the Marines and sailors across multiple installations,”
said Brig. Gen. Thomas Weidley, commanding general Marine Corps Installations
East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. “I think they exemplify the
characteristics we expect of Marines and sailors.”
Along with breakfast, the Marines
and sailors each received a plaque to recognize them as well as a Navy
Achievement Medal in recognition of their hard work.
“I didn’t know what to say about
it,” said Belote. “To think about how many Marines involved in the process,
it’s just an honor to be nominated.
“When you enlist and go to boot
camp, you never think about something like this,” Belote continue. “So it’s
The Marines and sailors were
chosen after being selected Marine or sailor of the quarter across the four
installations under MCIEAST during 2015.
“I think it’s awesome that we
could have one Marine honored, but to have two makes me feel really great,”
said Sgt. Maj. Leiva, H&HS sergeant major. “For both of them, I would say their attitude
defines them. I heard in a movie, ‘Remember the Titans’ that attitude reflects
leadership, and for these two their attitude definitely reflects their
leadership, and I look forward to them going back and sharing that attitude
with their fellow Marines.”