Master Sgt Jarad Stout of Amarillo, Texas is set to be honored as the 2019 Service Members of the Year later this month in Washington, D.C.
Master Sgt Stout enlisted in the Corps in 2003 and spent the last 16 years in them with a total of six overseas deployments.
According to the Marine Corps Times interview, Stout says service to his country is the “most important calling” that he has, and that the “service-before-self mentality” is a major driving force in his life.
Stout earned a Silver Star, the United States Armed Forces’s third-highest personal decoration for valor in combat, after helping rescue hostages in the active shooter situation at Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, was attacked by gunmen affiliated with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in November 2015.
Stout was also selected for the Congressional Fellowship Program, advises U.S. Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., chairman of the House intelligence and emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, and volunteers for Community Family Life Services.
Pentagon officials, members of congress and community leaders will also be in attendance during the award ceremony.
Military Charity Organization is a nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes to recognize, salute and highlight the exemplary service of active duty personnel serving in each branch of the U.S. Armed Services, and support other organizations conducting activities with similar goals.
This year’s honorees are as follows:
The 2019 Service Members of the Year Awards are made possible by support from sponsors: presenting sponsor, The Fisher House Foundation, Bell, IHG Army Hotels, JUUL Labs, LTC Partners, Leonardo DRS, & University of Maryland University College.