The Silverdale Chamber of Commerce honored its service members of the quarter. They were presented awards in February.
Coast Guard Member of the Quarter is GM2 Chelsea Rittenhouse.
Marines of the Quarter are LCpl. Maurice R. Armour and Cpl. William F. Sorgius.
Navy Sailors of the Quarter are MASN Maitlyn Rapp and MA2 Antonio Hernandez.
According to the Military Affairs Committee, each quarter the leadership from the sections or platoons nominate a service member who has gone above and beyond during the previous quarter.
Examples might be anything from leading on ranges to ensuring that their younger service members are prepared for their duties, to assisting the progression of the service members careers with education or personal growth.
These service members are then grouped together and are put through a question and answer board to see their knowledge level. They could be asked questions from military history, leadership and then there is always a question to see if there are up to date on their current events.
The group then discuss who they feel did the best through a grading evaluation that they did while they were asking the questions.
They then select the Service Member of the Quarter.
That same board looks at all the quarterly winners and see who has continued to stride towards progression to choose the Military Member of the Year.
That section includes more difficult questions and looking at member’s entire year of education, military progression. The board reviews information submitted by the leadership about why they feel their member is the best of the best out of the rest of the service members of the unit.
Nominations of the Service Member of the Quarter and the Year are entered in their records and assist the service member with promotion.
Leslie Kelly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This story originally appeared in the Military Appreciation Day special section published by Kitsap News Group March 10, 2017. It appeared as a supplement in the Bainbridge Island Review, Central Kitsap Reporter, North Kitsap Herald and Port Orchard Independent.