JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Air Station Jacksonville's (NAS Jax) commanding officer was presented the Scroll of Honor by the St. Augustine Council of the Navy League of the United States during a ceremony Dec. 16.
Capt. Jeffrey Maclay was cited for expanding the Individual Augmentee (IA) Recognition program which was initiated at NAS Jax by Navy League Florida Region President Bill Dudley in 2008. Since then, 691 returning heroes and 291 spouses have been recognized on the station. Maclay has also facilitated the St. Augustine Navy League's Recruiting program at NAS Jax.
"As Florida Region President of the Navy League, it is an honor for me to be part of this noteworthy presentation," said Dudley. "Capt. Maclay and the entire NAS Jax team are strong supporters of the Navy League. We have a strong partnership and record of honoring our returning IAs. This program has been recognized by the secretary of the Navy and chief of naval operations. Therefore, it is only appropriate that skipper Maclay receives this honor today."
The Scroll of Honor is the highest award that can be bestowed by local Navy League Councils and the second highest Navy League award.
"I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award from the Navy League St. Augustine Council on behalf of the men and women at NAS Jax," said Maclay. "The partnership between the Navy League and NAS Jax is unsurpassed and one we treasure.
"Capitalizing on the Individual Augmentee (IA) process, the Navy has developed joint warrior Sailors who possess a unique skill-set, tailored to support combatant commanders in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. These IA Sailors are expanding the contributions of the Navy to the joint force both today and into the future, with their interagency, coalition and non-governmental agency experience and their growing knowledge throughout the range of military operations. It is only fitting that our IAs be recognized upon their return from the battlefield.
"Thanks to the generosity of the Navy League, we are able to recognize the significant impact NAS Jax homeported IAs, with the unwavering support of their families are making all over the world. Although they deploy individually from their parent units, the IA Recognition Luncheon program (that had its birth at NAS Jax) gives our IAs the dignified homecoming ceremony they and their spouses deserve," said Maclay.
The Scroll of Honor is awarded to government employees, uniformed or civilian, as well as, Navy League members and companies or corporations that have contributed to promote Navy League programs.
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