Meridian, Miss The tradition of celebrating and honoring those who volunteer in the community continues with this year’s presentation of the AC2 Whitney Powell Military Citizen of the Year Award.
The award honors those who have distinguished themselves not only in their commands but their communities too. It is sponsored by the Mississippi Council of the Navy League.
"This military citizen of the year is just a big event that we are really proud to put on to honor those people who give back to this community," said Navy League president, Mike Reid. "It's a great relationship between the two of us. You hear the things that they do for this community, the volunteerism, the service work that they do to help support our community. it really helps to bridge that gap between the Navy and the community."
The award was named for Whitney Powell, who died in a car accident just over a year ago. It seems befitting that this year’s winner, Katherine Kurtz, was introduced to community service by Powell herself.
"It’s an honor, a privilege to be recognized for giving back to the community. Petty Officer Powell, who the award is now named after, was somebody I had met when I got here," said Kurtz. "The fact that they changed the name of the award to honor her and her passing makes the award that much more special for me."
Kurtz volunteers at Love's Kitchen, 2013 Run for the Wall, Navy League Wings and Tails, and Bikers United for Kids Toy Drive, to name a few.
The other nominees were Religious Program Specialist Third Class Brianna Wahl and Staff Sgt. Gregory Flowers, Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron One.