Sgt. Robert Pellicer, USMC, the MCRD Parris Island Service Member of the Year, receives a plaque from Rotary Club of Beaufort President Whitney McDaniel. Photos courtesy of Rotary Club of Beaufort.

Rotary Club of Beaufort honors local service members


From staff reports

The Rotary Club of Beaufort has recognized a service member from each of Beaufort County’s three military installations as its Service Members of the Year.

Unit commanders and their cadre from the installations nominated service members for recognition. The recipients were honored at a ceremony hosted by the Rotary Club of Beaufort at its November 9 luncheon meeting.

Corpsman 3rd Class Santana Parchment, USN, the Service Member of the Year from the Navy Readiness and Training Command, Beaufort, addresses Rotarians.

The criteria for selection emphasized both outstanding military service and significant activities benefiting the local community.

This year’s honorees were Sgt. Robert T. Pellicer, MCRD Parris Island; Corpsman 3rd Class Santana Parchment, Navy Readiness and Training Command (NRTC) Beaufort; and Sgts. Joseph M. Boyle and Gabriel B. George, MCAS Beaufort.

Sgt. Gabriel George, USMC, one of two Marines honored as Service Member of the Year, is not in uniform because he had separated from active duty, but he still works for the Provost Marshall in a civilian capacity.

Each received a plaque and a check for $200.

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