Unit commanders and their cadre from Beaufort’s three military installations nominated service men and women for recognition by the Rotary Club of Beaufort as their Service Members of the Year. A committee comprised of Rotarians who are military veterans selected the most outstanding candidate from each of the installations, and they were honored at a military recognition ceremony hosted by the Rotary Club of Beaufort at its November 8th luncheon meeting. Criteria for selection emphasized outstanding military service and significant volunteer activities benefiting the local community.
Pictured are (left to right): Suzi Oliver, President, Rotary Club of Beaufort; Staff Sergeant Jessica C. Navarro, USMC, representing the Marine Corps Recruit Depot; Staff Sergeant Juan C. Maravilla, USMC, representing the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort; and Petty Officer Second Class Adam Henneman, representing the Naval Hospital Beaufort.
Each received a plaque and a check for $200.
The recognition ceremony was preceded by a presentation of the US flag and the flags of each of the military services conducted by a joint service color guard from area Jr. ROTC units – the Army from Bluffton High School, the Marine Corps from Battery Creek and Whale Branch High Schools; the Air Force by Beaufort High School, and the Navy by Hilton Head High School.