2013 Marvin Shields Award winner announced

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jonathan Carmichael
SW1(SCW/AW) Coogan J. Kennedy

SW1(SCW/AW) Coogan J. Kennedy

GULFPORT, Miss. – In a Navy message dated Feb. 19, 2014, Steelworker 1st Class Coogan J. Kennedy was announced as the winner of the Marvin Shields Award for calendar year 2013 by Rear Adm. Katherine L. Gregory.

Kennedy’s exceptional leadership, management, and volunteer work were emphasized among the multiple reasons given for his achievement.  “Petty officer Kennedy exemplifies the Seabee ‘can do’ spirit, for which Marvin Shields serves as the ultimate example,” Gregory stated in the message.

“I am both humbled and honored to have even been nominated for the award,” said Kennedy, who is assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11.

The Award is named in honor of Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Marvin G. Shields.  It is presented in recognition of the Seabee who has made extraordinary contributions to the mission of the Naval Construction Force and has upheld the highest traditions and legacy of the U.S. Navy Seabees over the last year.

NMCB-11 is a Seabee battalion specializing in contingency construction, disaster response, and humanitarian assistance. The Battalion is home-ported in Gulfport, Miss.

The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. They offer deployable battalions capable of providing contingency construction, disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance, and combat operations support.

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