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Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) Military Meritorious Service Award honors service men and women who significantly contribute to the advancement of Asian Pacific Americans and the promotion of diversity/equal employment opportunity (EEO) in the federal workforce and the Asian Pacific American community.

Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve)
Performance Period:  January 01, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Deadline: February 5, 2016
Criteria:
1. The nominee fostered an innovative and harmonic environment between the military and Asian Pacific American civilian community.
2. The nominee distinguished himself or herself by promoting the tenets of civil/human rights, equal opportunity, human relations, and/or public service.
3. The nominee displayed exceptional character that distinguishes an individual as an outstanding leader, role model or mentor by promoting the development or advancement of all military and civilian personnel including women and minorities.
4. The nominee contributed to the equal opportunity for selection, promotion or retention of women and minorities in senior grade level positions and under-represented occupations.
5. The nominee believed in and practiced the tenets of a democratic society, including the belief that all people are created equal and that freedom is an American right that must be protected at all times.
6. The nominee assisted in overcoming discrimination and eliminating barriers that hinder equal opportunity for all members of the Armed Forces and civilians, including women and minorities.
7. The nominee supported the full integration and promotion of all personnel, to include minorities and women, within the Armed Forces and civilian workforce.
Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) National Leadership Training Program (www.fapac.org)
Date and Location: 9-13 May 2016, Orlando, FL


Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) Meritorious Service Award recognizes members of the workforce who demonstrate support for inclusion and promotion of all Coast Guard personnel to include American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve) and Civilian Employees Performance
Period: January 2015 – March 2016
Deadline: March 25, 2016
Criteria:
1. The nominee demonstrated support for inclusion and promotion of all personnel to include American Indians and Alaskan Natives within the Armed Forces or Federal civilian workforce.
2. The nominee significantly increased the opportunity for participation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in Federal programs and or promoted a positive image of American Indians and Alaskan Natives serving in government.
Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) National Training Program (www.saige.org)
Date and Location: 6-9 June 2016, Catoosa, OK


League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Excellence in Service Award honors personnel who significantly contribute to the advancement of Hispanic Americans and the promotion of diversity/equal employment opportunity in the federal workforce and in the Hispanic community.

Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve) and Civilian Employees
Performance Period: May 2015 – May 2016
Deadline: April 22, 2016
Criteria:
1. The nominee distinguished himself or herself by promoting the tenets of civil/human rights, equal opportunity, human relations, and/or public service.
2. The nominee displayed exceptional character that distinguishes an individual as an outstanding leader, role model or mentor by promoting the development or advancement of all personnel including women and minorities.
3. The nominee contributed to equal opportunity for advancement based on merit and fitness for all members of the Armed Forces and civilians, including women and minorities.
4. The nominee believed in and practiced the tenets of a democratic society, including the Declaration of Independence - the belief that all people are created equal, and that freedom is a right that must be protected at all times.
5. The nominee assisted in overcoming discrimination and eliminating barriers that hinder equal opportunity for all members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees including women and minorities.
6. The nominee supported the full integration and promotion of all personnel to include minorities and women within the Armed Forces and civilian workforce.
7. The nominee created opportunities that support and contribute to the mentorship, development, advancement or retention of all personnel including women and minorities in government service consistent with merit principles.
8. The nominee created job or training opportunities that will support and contribute to advancement of all Service members including women and minorities in the Armed Forces or civilian workforce.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention and Exposition (www.lulac.org)
Date and Location: July 12-16, 2016, Washington, DC


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments of members of the workforce who support civil rights in the armed services and civilian workforce.

Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve) or Civilian Employees
Performance Period: July 1, 2014 – March 31, 2016
Deadline: April 22, 2016
Criteria:
1. The nominee distinguished himself or herself by promoting the tenets of civil/human rights, equal opportunity, human relations, and/or public service.
2. The nominee displayed exceptional character that distinguishes an individual as an outstanding leader, role model or mentor by promoting the development or advancement of all personnel including women and minorities.
3. The nominee contributed to equal opportunity for advancement based on merit and fitness for all members of the Armed Forces and civilians, including women and minorities.
4. The nominee believed in and practiced the tenets of a democratic society, including the Declaration of Independence - the belief that all people are created equal, and that freedom is a right that must be protected at all times.
5. The nominee assisted in overcoming discrimination and eliminating barriers that hinder equal opportunity for all members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees including women and minorities.
6. The nominee supported the full integration and promotion of all personnel to include minorities and women within the Armed Forces and civilian workforce.
7. The nominee created opportunities that support and contribute to the mentorship, development, advancement or retention of all personnel including women and minorities in government service consistent with merit principles.
8. The nominee created job or training opportunities that will support and contribute to advancement of all Service members including women and minorities in the Armed Forces or civilian workforce.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Convention (www.naacp.org) Date and Location: July 16-20, 2016, Cincinnati, OH

Blacks In Government (BIG) Meritorious Service Award honors members of the federal workforce who display the core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.

Eligible: Military Members (Active Duty and Reserve) and Civilian Employees
Performance Period: April 2015 – April 2016
Deadline: May 20, 2016
Criteria:
1. Demonstrated commitment for the full integration and promotion of African Americans within the Coast Guard military or civilian workforce.
2. Increased significantly the participation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Federal programs.
3. Fostered an innovative and harmonious environment between the military and African American civilian community.
4. Assisted the workforce in overcoming discrimination and eliminated barriers that hindered equal opportunity for service members and civilian employees including women and minorities.
5. Promoted the tenets of civil/human rights, race relations, equal opportunity, affirmative action, human relations, and public service programs within the Coast Guard.
6. Encouraged military and civilian personnel to participate in program activities that benefitted their career development.
7. Created job or training opportunities that supported and contributed to the advancement of all service members and civilian employees.
8. Managed and promoted a diverse workforce within the military service and the civilian workforce.
9. Served as a role model in the community and in the Coast Guard by reaching out to youth and participating in continued educational endeavors that set an example for others to follow.
10. Encouraged leaders to promote diversity/equal opportunity program activities that advocated fair treatment for all members of the Coast Guard civilian workforce and military population.
Blacks in Government (BIG) Training Institute (www.bignet.org)
Date and Location: August 22-25, 2016, Atlantic City, NJ


National Organization for Mexican American Rights (NOMAR) Meritorious Service Award recognizes personnel who support the Coast Guard mission and whose attributes best epitomize the qualities and core values of the Service.

Eligible: Military Members(Active Duty and Reserve) and Civilian Employees Performance Period: June 2015 – May 2016
Deadline: TBD
Criteria:

1. Significantly increased the opportunity for participation of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in Federal programs.
2. Distinguished himself as a leader and mentor for youth, especially promoting their participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) educational programs and technical career fields.
3. Assisted the workforce in overcoming discrimination and eliminated barriers that hindered equal opportunity for all service members including women and minorities.
4. Promoted the tenets of civil/human rights, race relations, equal opportunity, affirmative action, human relations, and public service programs within the Coast Guard.
5. Encouraged personnel to participate in activities that benefited their career development.
6. Created job or training opportunities that supported and contributed to the advancement of all service members including women and minorities.
7. Managed and promoted a diverse workforce within the Coast Guard.
8. Served as a role model in the community and in the Coast Guard by reaching out to youth and participating in continued educational endeavors that set an example for others to follow.
9. Encouraged leaders to promote diversity/equal opportunity activities that advocated fair treatment for all members of the civilian and military population.
National Organization for Mexican American Rights (NOMAR) Training Conference and Business Meeting (www.nomarinc.org)
Date and Location: TBD

LATINA Style Meritorious Service Award recognizes civilian personnel and military members who through their service enhance the role of Latinas in the federal workforce.

Eligible: Civilian Employees and Military Members
Performance Period: August 2015 – July 2016
Deadline: July 1, 2016
Criteria:
1. Embodied qualities that are at the core of the Coast Guard mission.
2. Gained the respect of supervisors and peers as leaders and upstanding service members and civilian employees.
3. Displayed exceptional character and treated the Hispanic community with dignity and respect.
4. Aided in creating opportunities and careers that support and contribute to the advancement for Hispanic Americans toward senior level positions.
5. Served as a role model in the community and in the Coast Guard by reaching out to youth and participating in continued educational endeavors that set an example for others to follow.
6. Encouraged leaders to promote diversity/equal opportunity program activities that advocated fair treatment for all members of the civilian and military population.
National Latina Style Symposium (www.nls.latinastyle.com)
Date and Location: September 8, 2016, Washington, DC


National Image, Incorporated (IMAGE) Meritorious Service Award honors outstanding military members and civilian employees who have made significant contributions to the advancement of Hispanic Americans, and the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity within the Coast Guard and its surrounding communities.

Eligible: Civilian Employees and Military Members
Performance Period: January 01, 2015 – December 31, 2016
Deadline: June 22, 2016
Criteria:
1. Fostered an innovative and harmonious relationship between the military and Hispanic American civilian community.
2. Assisted the workforce in eliminating barriers that hindered equal opportunity for all service members including women and minorities.
3. Promoted the tenets of civil/human rights, race relations, equal opportunity, affirmative action, human relations, and public service programs within the Coast Guard.
4. Encouraged military personnel to participate in program activities that benefitted their career development.
5. Created job or training opportunities that supported and contributed to the advancement of all service members including women and minorities.
6. Managed and promoted a diverse workforce within the military services.
7. Served as a role model in the community and in the Coast Guard by reaching out to youth and participating in continued educational endeavors that set an example for others to follow.
8. Encouraged leaders to promote diversity/equal opportunity program activities that advocated fair treatment for all members of the civilian and military population.
9. Achieved other significant and noteworthy accomplishments deserving of recognition.
National IMAGE Training Program (www.national-image.org)
Date and Location: September 12-16, 2016, Albuquerque, NM



For more information about the Coast Guard’s Civil Rights Awards Program, contact Juan L. Torres at (202) 372-4594 or juan.l.torres@uscg.mil.

Last Modified 4/5/2016