Falmouth Firefighter, Quantico Marine Receives Geico Military Service Award
A Falmouth volunteer firefighter and Quantico Marine reservist has received the 2013 Geico Military Service Award for the reserve/national guard.
Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth J. Kuper is the staff non-commissioned officer in charge of transition section, tenant activities company, at Quantico. His selection was based on his contributions to fire safety and prevention.
In the last two years, Kuper contributed some 4,000 duty hours to the Falmouth Volunteer Fire Department, according to a Marine Corps press release. In addition, he pursued continuous education in fire science and public safety, successfully completing 200 hours of coursework with the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.
“For Gunnery Sgt. Kuper, his volunteer service is exceptional because of his tremendous dedication,” said Maj. Andrew D. Dausman, Reserve Continuation and Transition Branch officer, Reserve Affairs Division, Headquarters Marine Corps. In just one year Kuper completed 781 fire and emergency medical services calls, Dausman said.
The Geico Military Service Award recognizes one active-duty enlisted member from each military service, and one member from the reserve/national guard components, for their outstanding contributions to civilian and/or military communities in areas of drug and alcohol prevention, fire safety and prevention, or traffic safety and accident prevention.