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League honors sailors at banquet
ST. MARYS -- The Kings Bay Navy League Council honored 23 sailors from different commands at its annual Sea Services Awards Banquet.

Four of the sailors - Jason Guy, a sonar technician at Trident Training Facility; Jason Zirk, a sonar technician for Submarine Group 10; Derrick Scott, a yeoman for Submarine Group 10; and Cody Brooks, an electrician's mate on the USS Georgia - will go on to higher competitions.

The competitions could lead to one of the sailors, all petty officers 1st class, being named National Navy Sailor of the Year.

Sailors assigned to two Coast Guard units in Camden County were also recognized. One unit, the Maritime Safety and Security Team, is a quick response unit stationed in St. Marys that is deployed anywhere along the East Coast. The other unit, the Maritime Force Protection Unit, provides security for submarines leaving and arriving at Kings Bay.

More than 150 people attended Thursday's ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, said David Burch, president of the local Navy League chapter.

Burch said the sailors were recognized for their contributions to the Navy, as well as their work in the community.

"These are the movers and the shakers," he said. "Leadership is what makes these people stand out."

The selection process is difficult because so many sailors have contributed much while serving on and off base, he said.

"It's got to be difficult," he said. "These are people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. It's more than just the numbers."

Each sailor received a plaque, special Sailor of the Year shirts and prizes donated by local businesses.

"We're not just recognizing them for their military contributions," Burch said. "We also recognize them as valuable members of the Camden County community."

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at or at 464-7655.

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