Second Marine Logistics Group Marine awarded American Legion Spirit of Service Award
By Sgt. B. A. Curtis
| | September 05, 2013
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A Marine sergeant from 2nd Marine Logistics Group was awarded the American Legions's Spirit of Service Award, Aug. 27, 2013, for his extensive amount of volunteer work while serving at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Sgt. B. A. Curtis
Spirit of Service
United States Marine Corps
Sergeant Man Chan was presented the award by the national commander of the American Legion, James E. Koutz, and the senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia. The presentation took place during the Legion's 9fth National Convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center, in downtown Houston. Members of the other armed services were also presented awards for their volunteer service.
Chan, a Houston native, joined the Marine Corps in June 2003 and after Recruit Training, Marine Combat Training, and Basic Warehouse School, reported to 1st Supply Battalion, in Camp Pendleton, Calif. During his time in the Battalion, he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a Marine Security Guard he served in Mali, Thailand, and the Czech Republic.
According to the American Legion, since being stationed at 2nd Supply Battalion, Chan has volunteered during multiple events aboard Camp Lejeune, and in the Jacksonville, N.C., community, giving 465 hours of his time to various causes. He assisted in constructing housing with Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and Assisted Living Communities. He also provided assistance to the Marine Corps’ own Toys for Tots program, providing toys to children during the holiday season.
Chan was nominated for the award by his battalion commander, and said that he was glad to be presented the award in his hometown area. He also said he didn't think he would be the recipient of an award as important as the Spirit of Service Award.
"I was surprised and shocked to have found out that I won such a prestigious award," he said.
Chan accepted the award in front of thousands of members of the American Legion in a ceremony that featured Rita Cosby, a special correspondent with CBS's Inside Edition, as well as the presentation of awards to several outstanding youth leaders from the Legion's various youth programs.