On Saturday, April 29 the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation presented its 2017 Annual Awards to distinguished leaders and individuals who produced exemplary portrayals of Marine Corps history, culture and service in a broad range of fields, including photography, documentaries, journalism, poetry, nonfiction and fiction writing.
Held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., the ceremony brought together more than 300 active duty Marines, veterans, and civilians, including the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller USMC.
Sgt. Isaac Ibarra of Naples was awarded the Sgt. Major Bradley Kasal Award for his distinguished example of still photography that captures the character of the Marine and the core values of the U.S. Marine Corps. The Foundation recognized Ibarra for his photo “Field Life.”
This award is bestowed for a distinguished example of still photography by an individual, in black and white or color, which consists of a single photograph capturing the character of the individual Marine and the core values of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Among other award winners were former President and First Lady George H. W. and Barbara Bush. They received the Lieutenant General John A. Lejeune Recognition for Exemplary Leadership. According to the MCHF website, the award is for ‘those who demonstrated leadership in their chosen profession or 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.’
The nationwide winners were being recognized for their outstanding portrayal of Marine Corps history, traditions, and culture in a broad range of fields, including photography, documentaries, journalism, poetry, nonfiction and writing, according to a MCHF press release.
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