Each year, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation presents a series of awards to both Marines and civilian community members, recognizing their exemplary work in advancing and preserving Marine Corps history. The honorees this year include the Chairman and CEO of Bar-S Foods Company Mr. Timothy Day, NPR Photographer David Gilkey, San Diego Tribune Military Affairs Writer Gretel Kovach and writer William Broyles, Jr. The awards will be presented during a special ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on April 21, 2012.
The John A. Lejeune Recognition for Exemplary Leadership
This recognition was provided by Founder Patrick Brent in the form of a statuette of General Lejeune that is the same size and weight as an Oscar and a World War 1 Springfield 1903 Rifle. The criteria for this recognition is: "Demonstrated leadership in their chosen profession, appointed, or elected position that is clearly exemplary and worthy of emulation. The recipient must epitomize the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment; and practice the leadership traits and principles ascribed to by the United States Marine Corps."