A Camp Pendleton Marine commander was recognized for his volunteer work in the community with an award from the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Col. Reginald Hairston, commanding officer of Camp Pendleton’s Security and Emergency Services Battalion, received the 2016 Military Advocacy Award from the North San Diego County chapter of the nonprofit Oct. 1 at its Blue and Gold Freedom Fund Awards Gala.
Nominees for the award are chosen based on their volunteer work in the community, particularly over the past year, and its impact.
Hairston was commended for his extensive involvement in the community in addition to his military service.
Hairston has been involved in numerous volunteer efforts locally, including the 2016 Law Enforcement Torch Run to support Special Olympics,. He received an honorary award from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity during its 80th Grand Conclave in Las Vegas.
He is known for his willingness to help out and his “count on me if you need help” attitude, said Satia Austin, president, of the NSDC NAACP.
The award was presented by retired Chief Warrant Officer Gerald Hampton.
When Hairston accepted the award, he spoke about the importance of acknowledging those who came before him and the support he has received.
Colonel Hairston joined the in 1988. His assignments included chief, Assessments Branch, International Security Assistance Force, Kabul, Afghanistan from 2009-10. He took the helm of the Security and Emergency Services Battalion on base last year.
Hairston’s military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal.
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