Kings Bay Coast Guardsman receives national volunteerism award

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Wilton, Iowa native currently stationed in Kings Bay, Ga., was presented with a national volunteerism award during a formal ceremony in Indianapolis Sunday.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler J. Arrowood, a Coast Guard damage controlman currently stationed at Maritime Force Protection Unit Kings Bay was given the American Legion Spirit of Service Award at the 94th National Convention of The American Legion for his commitment and dedication to multiple community service outreach programs.

To receive this recognition, an individual must be an outstanding military professional and be actively involved in volunteer projects in the community during off-duty hours.

Since reporting to MFPU Kings Bay in 2008, the 1999 graduate of Wilton High school has received multiple awards for dedicating his personal time participating in more than 15 charitable projects.

His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sailor of the Quarter and the Camden County Chamber of Commerce Service Member for July 2010.

One of the volunteer projects Arrowood participates in includes the inauguration and on-going efforts for the world-wide Drug Education for Youth  program, which was established on Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

Arrowood’s efforts for the DEFY include mentoring children ages 8-12,  teaching physical fitness and healthy eating choices, creating lesson plans, organizing field trips and volunteering more than 100 hours as a camp director during the two week DEFY summer camp.

As part of its stated mission, the American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in the community and advocating patriotism.

“Arrowood’s volunteer actions are consistent with the American Legion’s mission and exemplify everything the Coast Guard expects from its members,” said Cmdr. Stephen A. Love, commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Force Protection Unit Kings Bay. “I am extraordinarily proud of Arrowood’s commitment to his unit, the Coast Guard and his community.”

“I don’t do this for the recognition,” Arrowood said. “I do it because people helping people is just the way it should be. Offering a stranger a helping hand is the right thing to do.”

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in the community, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to servicemembers and veterans.

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