MST2 Nicole C. Emmons, formerly from Franklin, was among five servicemen and women who received military citations at the 11th Annual Military Times Service Members of the Year Awards Ceremony held at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. July 21.
Emmons was named “Coast Guardsman of the Year” by the Navy Times. According to one of Emmons’ supervisors, Emmons has demonstrated outstanding performance in the best military tradition. Emmons works with the Contingency Preparedness/Incident Management Division at MSU Lake Charles and has “contributed countless hours to the stand-up of her units first Homeland Security Division,” say superiors. Emmons has previously been awarded the Commandants Letter of Commendation and the Coast Guards Special Operations ribbon for her key role with the EAGLE OTOME 450,000 gallon crude oil spill.
Emmons is also known for her volunteer work when she is off duty, including work for the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Lunch Buddy program, mentoring an academically and socially challenged child and participating in fund-raising and community events. Emmons is currently living in Sulphur, La., and has applied for Officer Candidate School.
One person from each branch of the service was to be recognized. The ceremony was hosted by Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA). The Honorable Clifford L. Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness was the keynote speaker and the Master of Ceremonies was Major General Andrew B. Davis USMC (Ret.). Officers from each branch of the service presented the awards to each person in their branch. “We are pleased to recognize and commend them for their extraordinary efforts,” declared the GGMC President and Chief Executive Officer Elaine G. Howard.
Other servicemen to be recognized were 1SG Monekia Y. Denkins as the Army Times Soldier of the Year, Ssgt Lindsay W. Bell as the Air Force Times Airman of the Year, LCDR Michael D. Files as the Navy Times Sailor of the Year and Capt David J. Cot as the Marine Corps Times Marine of the Year.
“For the past 11 years, it has been our privilege to honor remarkable members of our armed forces who epitomize the everday heroes serving our country, said Howard. “This year five outstanding honorees truly embody the finest qualities of honor, community service, professional performance and dedication representative of the servicemen and women serving our country.”
For more information about the honorees visit www.militarytimes.com/smoy/index.php.