Special notification was delivered by a White House staffer via telephone today confirming a Marine Corps Logistics Base employee will be the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Citizens Medal given by the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Pamela Jackson, community plans liaison officer, at MCLB Albany will personally receive the award during a ceremony at the White House on Feb. 15.
Jackson has been selected by President Obama to be one of only 10 people receiving the Citizen's Medal, which is generally recognized as the second highest civilian award of our government given to citizens across the U.S.
The Citizens Medal recognizes those U.S. citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.
Who have a demonstrated commitment to service in their own community or in communities farther from home. Someone who has engaged in activities that have had an impact in their local community, on a community or communities elsewhere in the United States or on fellow citizens living or stationed around the world.
Who have helped their country or their fellow citizens through one or more extraordinary acts. Individuals who have demonstrated notable skill and grace, selflessly placed themselves in harm's way, taken unusual risks or steps to protect others, made extraordinary efforts to further a national goal, or otherwise conducted themselves admirably when faced with unusually challenging circumstances.
Whose service relates to a long-term or persistent problem. Individuals who have made efforts to combat stubbornly persistent problems that impact entire communities, for example those who have taken innovative steps to address hunger, homelessness, the dropout crisis, lack of access to health care, and other issues that plague too many Americans.
Whose service has had a sustained impact on others' lives and provided inspiration for others to serve. The ideal nominee for a Citizens Medal is a person whose work has had a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of others.
This special award recognizes Jackson's continuing efforts to raise awareness of and combat childhood obesity through her Youth Becoming Healthy Project, a local nonprofit organization founded in February 2004 as a response to the untimely death of my her brother due to complications of obesity.