GEICO Honors 6 for Protecting Their Fellow Military Members and Civilian Neighbors

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    WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Airforce?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#Airforcelt;/agt;–Six members of the military – one from each branch and the National
    Guard/Reserve – received 2018 GEICO
    Military Service Awards
    last night for their contributions to safety
    and drug prevention programs that have benefitted both military and
    civilian communities.

    “These men and women personify leadership and service, both in their
    military roles and in the communities where they live,” said GEICO
    President and CEO Bill Roberts, who presented the winners with their
    awards. “While they diligently safeguard the nation and its citizens,
    they also enthusiastically serve their military and civilian
    communities, and their efforts make those communities better places to
    work and live.”

    The awardees are:

    • Army Spc. Odailys Matos is a certified fire inspector whose attention
      to detail and dedication to her job ensures that nearly 200 soldiers
      have safe and functional living spaces. Her outstanding contributions
      earned an Army Achievement Medal. She is a Supply Clerk in the Special
      Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st lnfantry Division at
      Fort Riley, Kansas. She is currently deployed to Afghanistan. She was
      honored for Fire Safety and Fire Prevention.
    • U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Gregory Bogaczyk created an anonymous Arrive
      Alive Program so that Marines who use it would not face repercussions
      for underage drinking. He also promotes bike safety as a program
      expert in the Naval Safety Center’s Motorcycle Safety Representative
      Course. He serves as a Ground Safety Manager and Chemical, Biological,
      Radiological and Nuclear Defense Chief for Marine Aircraft Group 41 at
      Naval Air Station/Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas. He was
      honored for Traffic Safety and Accident Prevention.
    • Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Jack Hopson Jr. is a devoted community
      volunteer and has assisted more than 12 non-profits in reviewing and
      updating their operations to meet code standards. He developed the
      U.S. Navy’s first-ever firefighting course at the Naval Firefighting
      Facility in Rota, Spain. The course features plans of action for 15
      different emergency scenarios. He is a 3M safety trainer and inspector
      at Naval Air Forces Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia. He was honored for
      Fire Safety and Fire Prevention.
    • Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher W. Engelke rendered life-saving
      assistance after encountering a four-car collision while off-duty from
      his job as the highly-skilled emergency response leader for three Air
      Force installations. He is the Superintendent of Regional Dispatch for
      the Cheyenne Mountain Fire Emergency Services Flight, 721st Civil
      Engineer Squadron, 721st Mission Support Group at Cheyenne Mountain
      Air Force Station in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was honored for
      Fire Safety and Fire Prevention.
    • Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class John W. Cochrane developed fire
      prevention and firefighting tactics for the newly-commissioned U.S.
      Coast Guard Cutter Kimball crew. In addition, he shares his expertise
      with youth by volunteering with the Trail Life USA. He is assigned to
      the Kimball, based in Honolulu, and serves as the leading Petty
      Officer for the Damage Control & Repair Division and the Fire & Safety
      Division Manager. He was honored for Fire Safety and Fire Prevention.
    • U.S. National Guard Technical Sgt. Carissa Ann Siry helps more than 25
      community-based coalitions and three major college campuses reduce
      youth substance abuse. She has also trained schools in grant-writing,
      equipping them to receive funds to support their substance abuse
      prevention efforts. She is a Civil Operations Specialist assigned to
      the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force in New York, New
      York. She was honored for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention.

    The honorees each received a $2,500 cash honorarium from the GEICO
    Philanthropic Foundation
    . In the days prior to the awards ceremony,
    the honorees were treated to special events in around Washington, D.C.,
    including a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where they laid a
    wreath. Transportation to Washington, D.C., and lodging for recipients
    and a guest were provided.

    Yesterday’s ceremony marked the 30th year that GEICO
    has presented the awards. Military service members were among GEICO’s
    very first customers when the company was founded more than 80 years
    ago. In addition to the awards,
    GEICO offers special
    savings to service members
    and has a special
    team
    dedicated to assisting military customers and supporting causes
    important to the military community.

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